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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Developing Michael Carter-Williams could fall on Tony Wroten, said Brett Brown

(Times staff / ERIC HARTLINE)

Last week, Brett Brown laid out a few objectives for this season, his first as coach of the 76ers. One of them, he echoed, was developing Michael Carter-Williams.

And by the sounds of it, Brown and his staff won’t be the only teachers the rookie point guard will have this season.

Tony Wroten is the best development coach that Michael Carter-Williams will have this year, because Tony Wroten’s energy, pick-up points, physicality make it real,” Brown said recently. “And it develops Michael in relation to the lay of the land of the NBA. It’s a big-boy stage and there’s a physicality Tony can bring to the table, so when we start scrimmaging, and there’s either a casual approach or an aloofness or a cruisy type of style, Tony tightens it up and makes it real – real quick.

“It’s a good thing. Those two will help each other. This is a really healthy thing. We’re going to do our due diligence with all the skill work, but from a reality standpoint on the court, Tony’s got that junkyard dog in him that makes him real.”

Wroten could help the Sixers if he was to land a spot in the starting lineup. He has the energy and the scoring touch to be a productive player for them. But keeping Wroten on the second team, obviously, has value in that it allows the second-year guard to match up with Carter-Williams every day in practice. Defending the rookie at one end and forcing him to play an up-tempo style of defense at the other will have merit for how quickly Carter-Williams can assimilate to the pro game.

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