Arnett Moultrie to 76ers: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
Arnett Moultrie is one of the more intriguing prospects in this draft class. Because of the immense promise and upside, he's come off the board in the first round.
After transferring from UTEP to Mississippi State, this young man found immense success.
The 6’11”, 225-pound junior averaged 16.4 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.2 APG and 0.8 SPG/BPG in almost 36 minutes per contest.
It’s concerning that it took Moultrie a transfer (and subsequently a year away from competitive basketball) to find success in college, but the fact that he eventually blossomed is undeniable.
What Arnett Moultrie Brings to the Team
Athleticism and length in the frontcourt are the two main assets that Moultrie will provide to his new team.
He can slam down oops, get up and down the floor quickly, has a nose for boards and the ability to play outside if needed.
Unfortunately, he falls in love with the perimeter too often and needs to be coached to stay down low— especially on offense, largely due to his incredible knack for cleaning up the glass on missed shots.
What The Experts Are Saying
Before the draft, ESPN expert Chad Ford had this to say about Moultrie.
Moultrie looks like an NBA lottery prospect at first glance -- he's long, athletic, super bouncy and coming off a terrific season, averaging 16.4 ppg and 10.5 rpg. However, Mississippi State's dramatic crash at the end of the season, along with concerns about problems Moultrie had at UTEP, are giving scouts pause.
The Bulldogs forward has a lot of promise and could end up being one of the biggest steals in the draft, assuming he pans out.
Will Moultrie See Minutes as a Rook?
Moultrie’s size and athletic ability alone is good enough for him to see the court in the NBA during his rookie season.
If he works hard during training camp and adds some strength to his frame, Moultrie should immediately challenge for some minutes in the forward rotation. It all depends on the effort he puts in this summer.
Philly must really have liked Moultrie to trade their second-rounder and next year's first to get him. Much like their last pick, the Sixers drafted somebody whom they're going to have to work with before he can be a significant contributor.
But between Harkless and Moultrie, the 76ers set themselves up for a bright future—just as long as these two balls of fire realize their potential energy.
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