Arnett Moultrie will be back soon. The Philadelphia 76ers will need his service. The question is should they bring him back this season or should he sit out like fellow teammate Nerlens Noel?
There’s no word on Moultrie’s return, but he recently started working out with the Sixers. He’s been out with an ankle injury since the preseason.
Philly could use Moultrie’s inside presence. Though he didn’t post big numbers, he showed some promise last season. He averaged 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 58.2-percent from the field in 11.5 minutes per game.
Moultrie’s not much of a defensive presence, but his rebounding and inside scoring should relieve the pressure from starting center Spencer Hawes and starting power forward Thaddeus Young. The Sixers are among the top teams in rebounding and certainly don’t need much on the offensive end, but with Moultrie manning the paint he could grab the defensive rebounds and cut down on opponents’ second chance points.
He’d be an upgrade over backup big men Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies. Both combine for 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
In the season finale win against the Indiana Pacers, Moultrie scored 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward is expected to be back in late January. The Sixers might be better letting him sit out this season as a way to fulfill their strategy of “tanking.” Plus, he could fully recover as this season is dedicated to rebuilding.
The Sixers are heading towards getting the most ping-pong balls in the NBA Draft, and they are playing bad enough that bringing Moultrie back wouldn’t improve the team drastically. They’d be wise to throw in the towel and not let him take a chance of having a long-term injury.