For every Jeremy Pargo who gets the chance to prove himself on the court, there always seems to be a rookie like Arnett Moultrie who must be wondering what he has to do to get a chance.
It’s become an M.O. of Collins to ease his young players onto the floor. Last year, it was Nik Vucevic, who had 15 DNPs in the regular season and barely sniffed the hardwood in the playoffs. This year, he’s averaging a double-double for the Orlando Magic and serving as the salt on the open, oozing wound that has become the Andrew Bynum deal.
This year, Moultrie’s being "protected" more securely than the Obama kids on the White House lawn. And it doesn’t really make sense.
Appearing in just 22 of the Sixers’ first 56 games, plus a stint in the NBDL, and averaging just over eight minutes per contest, Moultrie has actually shown signs of promise when given the opportunity. Three times he has played 19 minutes or more and has averaged over eight points and almost six rebounds while shooting over 60 percent from the field.
To add to the confusion, the team is woefully small and cannot rebound worth a lick. Meanwhile, the 6’10’’ Moultrie—who is one of only two natural power forwards on the roster, with second-year Lavoy Allen being the other—put up 10.5 boards a game for Mississippi State last year.
(Kinda makes me wonder what the player they traded for midseason—Charles Jenkins—has to offer. Since he's not playing either, that's all I can do.)
In what has become a lost season for Philly, Collins really has nothing to lose by throwing Moultrie a bone every now and then. Who knows? Maybe we’ll find that we have another Vucevic—one that won’t be traded away!