Last season as a rookie, Moultrie saw a limited amount of action with 47 games, averaging 11.5 minutes, 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and shooting 58.2 percent from the floor and 64.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers gave Moultrie some minutes late last season and he was sometimes impressive in showing what he could do with the ball. He played 24 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers and shot 5-of-6 from the floor, had 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. He also had good games when he went 4-of-5 against the Detroit Pistons for nine points, and 7-of-11 against the Indiana Pacers for 14 points and 12 rebounds.
If Moultrie puts those type of performances together for an 82-game schedule, the 76ers will be in excellent shape. Former coach Doug Collins drew criticism for not using Moultre, the 27th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, more often and taking advantage of his talent to make impressive moves to the basket with the ball.
Moultrie showed the Sixers he can be an impact player for them if they give him more minutes, and expect that to be the case after his summer pro-league season in Orlando. In a loss to the Orlando Magic, Moultrie led the Sixers with 23 points and 12 rebounds. He’s expected to be one of the team’s top-six rotation players this season. The Sixers don’t exactly have that much depth, so Moultrie will have to live up to high expectations that some are giving him as a second-year player.
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