NEW YORK – Tony Wroten will return to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 3 on Thursday night against the Nets at the Barclays Center.

The 76ers point guard came back to the court on Dec. 5 after missing 10 ½ months because of a partially torn right anterior cruciate ligament tear.

He played 13 minutes in his first game back, against the Nuggets. Then the 6-foot-6, 205-pounder was on the floor for 14 minutes versus the Spurs in his second matchup.  Wroten is slated to play 16 minutes for the Sixers (1-21) against Brooklyn (6-15).

"Being off for 10 months, I needed a couple of games to get under my belt," he said Thursday morning. "Nothing is going to come overnight. But that fact that I'm back in the lineup and back to things being normal is a great feeling.

"I'm ready to lead this team like I know I can, and start winning a lot more games."

The Seattle native will be joined by Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor in the starting lineup.

Wroten has averaged 3 points and 2.5 assists in his first two games.

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