The Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies don’t have a long trade history with each other.
There’s no easy choice when deciding which deal was the best trade that the Philadelphia 76ers has ever made with the Memphis Grizzlies. The reason being is simple, they don’t have a long or impressive history of making deals.
The two franchises have only made three deals with each other and all three came in less of two years with each other. The first deal happened in 2012 and the most recent one was executed in the 2013 offseason.
Before readers get excited, no this isn’t an article covering when the Sixers traded the rights of Ricky Sanchez for Sam Young. However, the best deal between the two clubs was the trade made after that one.
The best trade ever between Philly and Memphis was…
G, Tony Wroten
Protected 2014 second round pick
Yes, this is an article focusing on one of the early stars of the 76ers rebuild dubbed “The Process”. It was also Tony Wroten who originally came up with the phrase “Trust The Process”. Besides coming up with the moniker for the Sixers rebuild, Wroten played well for most of his Sixers tenure.
The former first round pick provided scoring for a rebuilding Sixers team that never really had much of it. In three seasons with the 76ers, Wroten averaged 13.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. His best season in Philly, he averaged 16.9 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Wroten certainly brought an element of speed and fun to those early “Process” rosters. He wasn’t a good shooter and struggled with turnovers, but he was a bright spot of “The Process” before suffering an ACL tear which essentially ended his NBA career. He played one more season after that but wasn’t the same.
Considering that the Philadelphia 76ers traded a protected second round pick that never converted for him, it’s easily a win for the Sixers, despite him never contributing to a winning team. Wroten had his flaws, but he was one of the better players the Sixers had early in their rebuild.