Tony Wroten Jr. made his first NBA start a memorable one.
The former Washington star was a last-minute replacement for injured Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams (bruised left arch) during Wednesday’s game against Houston.
Wroten had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists — all career highs – in 41 minutes to lead the 76ers to a 123-117 overtime win. Video highlights (above). The 20-year-old, second-year pro is the first NBA player to record a triple-double in his first start.
Via @eliassports Tony Wroten: 1st player since starts were 1st tracked in 1970 to have triple-double in 1st start
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 14, 2013
After nine games, Wroten is showing signs that he’s put a disappointing rookie year in Memphis behind him. He averaged 2.6 points, 1.2 assists and 7.8 minutes off the bench with the Grizzlies.
This season, Wroten is averaging 11.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 23.3 points. If he continues at this pace, he’ll be a strong candidate for NBA postseason awards including Most Improved and Sixth Man of the Year.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Timberline High’s Donaven Dorsey was the featured guest a a ceremony in which he signed scholarship papers with Washington.
— Oregon guard Joseph Young is the early surprise in the Pac-12. Many believed the transfer from Houston had talent – he averaged 18 points last season – but he’s had a stellar start with the Ducks. Young followed a season-opening 24-point performance against Georgetown with a career-high 36 points to lead No. 18 Oregon to a 107-83 win over Western Carolina. Mike Moser added 26 points and Elgin Cook had 16 for the Ducks (2-0).
— Colorado snapped a six-game losing streak against Wyoming with a 63-58 victory at Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes (2-1) had four players in double figures scoring, including Spencer Dinwiddie (15 points and seven rebounds) and Josh Scott (12 and 7).
— Colorado received good news before the game when touted Denver point guard named Dominique Collier signed a national letter of intent to play at CU.
— Oregon State picked up a much-needed 79-73 win over in-state rival Portland. Roberto Nelson led the Beavers (1-1) with 24 points and seven assists.
— Former Arizona forward Angelo Chol, the one-time UW recruiting target, transferred to San Diego State and is ineligible to play tonight when the sixth-ranked Wildcats take on the Aztecs.
— In his first game with Utah, junior-college transfer Delon Wright nearly had the school’s first quadruple double. He finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in a 128-44 victory over NAIA Division II Evergreen State.