Philadelphia 76ers Can’t Let Arnett Moultrie Get Lost In Shuffle
The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to greatly improve after a poor 2012-2013 NBA season. They have started the process already by getting some new, fresh and smart blood into their front office with the hiring of Sam Hinkie as their new General Manager and will likely continue their wise moves when the season ends by not re-signing the melodramatic headache known as Andrew Bynum.
The Sixers also have a pick in the lottery of the 2013 NBA Draft, the 11th overall pick to be precise. This will allow them to address some needs on their roster with some young talent. As of now, most people expect Philadelphia to help their shallow frontcourt in the draft by selecting someone like Cody Zeller with their pick.
There’s absolutely no question that the frontcourt of the Sixers needs help and that Spencer Hawes and, to a lesser degree, Thaddeus Young aren’t going to take this team anywhere in the future. Adding someone like Zeller would be a wise move on their part. However, one thing that they can’t allow to happen when they add frontcourt depth is to let Arnett Moultrie get buried on the bench again.
One of the biggest criticisms of now former head coach Doug Collins this past season was how he underutilized the young power forward. Moultrie played in just 47 games and played just 11.5 minutes per game. For how little time he was on the floor he performed well, averaging 3.7 points and 3.1 rebound per game on 58.2 percent shooting.
Collins did slightly increase Moultrie’s role later in the season, playing him 18 minutes per game in nine games in April. Over those games, Moultrie averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on 71.1 percent shooting. He wasn’t a star, but he was solid and efficient when he was on the floor.
At just 22 years old, Moultrie is a player with a ton of potential that could possibly be a big-time post player in the future. Even if the Sixers add depth to their frontcourt, they must continue to develop Moultrie and make an effort to get him on the floor in his sophomore season. If they fail to do so, it definitely feels like it would be a waste.