Sixers’ leading scorer Tony Wroten suffers partially torn ACL, likely done for season

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Come on basketball gods, things weren’t rough enough for the Sixers already?

Guard Tony Wroten — a guy who has worked hard over the past few years to improve his game and had become the Sixers’ leading scorer averaging 16.9 points a game — has a partially torn ACL, the team announced Friday afternoon.

From the official press release:

“During our game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, Tony Wroten suffered an injury to his right knee. Over the past week, we have worked closely with Tony, our medical and sports performance teams, his representatives, and renowned specialists in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide him with the best possible care.

“After this extensive process, it has been determined that Tony sustained a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and that the best course of action for Tony’s basketball career is to repair his ACL surgically. While the precise timing and details of the procedure are still being finalized, what has been determined is that the ACL will need to be surgically repaired.”

While the Sixers refuse to give a timeline, he is almost certainly done for the season.

Wroten was picked by the Grizzlies out of Washington but was too erratic for their tastes and not part of their development plans. However, the last two years the Sixers gave him the chance to stay on the court despite his multiple mistakes — turnovers, poor three point shooting and aggressive gambling on defense chief among them.

This season Wroten has put up numbers for the Sixers — he was a nice fantasy pickup — but he’s not been efficient. He is averaging 16.9 points a game but shooting just 40.3 percent overall and 26.1 percent from three. That said he is a guy who each summer at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas you could see making steps forward and now he’d make a decent bench guard on a quality team, a guy who could be part of the rotation if you limited his minutes. But, because the Sixers are the Sixers, he gets the green light and free rein.

This is an unfortunate setback. Hopefully we see him back in the league when the season tips off next year.