2012 NBA Draft Reaction: Miami Heat Make Big Mistake by Trading Arnett Moultrie

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2012

Arnett Moultrie taking a jump shot against Arkansas
Arnett Moultrie taking a jump shot against ArkansasWesley Hitt/Getty Images

With the No. 27 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Miami Heat selected Arnett Moultrie, who was projected to be picked in the teens by many draft prognosticators.

Instead of keeping the 6'11" big man, Miami traded Moultrie to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first-round pick and the rights to LSU center Justin Hamilton, whom the Sixers drafted with the No. 45 overall pick, per NBA Blogger Ben Golliver of CBS Sports.

It is understandable that Miami traded this pick; it wants to conserve salary cap, and getting a future first-rounder is always a positive.

Yet, Moultrie seems to fit into Miami's game plan, considering that he dominated the SEC as a scorer and rebounder. He averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was the focal point of Mississippi State's offense all year.

You would think that the Heat could use an athletic big man, considering that Udonis Haslem is not getting any younger, and he is better than any of the Heat's mediocre centers.

For this reason, Miami made a mistake by trading Moultrie.

Miami should not be planning for the future, but instead trying to actively improve its current situation.

With young teams like the Pacers and Thunder improving exponentially, the Heat need to seize the next few years and win as many championships as possible.

Moultrie would have given Miami a solid rotation player who could sub in for Haslem when the Heat needed more offense on the floor.

In addition, the Mississippi State forward definitely would have benefited from veteran leaders like Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, all three of whom would have brought out the best in him.

At the end of the day, this deal might not be considered a major mistake, just because the Heat are so talented anyways and will head into next season as the league's best team.

Come playoff time, though, Miami might realize that they could have used Moultrie.

His big body and strong offensive game would have given Miami yet another option as it tries to take down everybody again next season.