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Sixers’ Arnett Moultrie out until January after ankle surgery

Sep 27, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

Arnett Moultrie, Ben Gordon AP

Following up on a rookie season where he played pretty well in a very limited role, Arnett Moultrie was going to get his chance at the start of the year to prove he could be key to the rebuilding Sixers, getting big minutes at the four.

Now he is out until the new year following ankle surgery, something reported by the team and confirmed by

He had surgery on his left ankle. Moultrie had ankle problems a year ago, something that kept him out of Summer League after he was drafted near the end of the first round in 2012.

This summer Moultrie had showed promise at Summer League, averaging 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent for the Sixers.

With Moultrie out the Sixers will lean heavily on Lavoy Allen. Royce White and Tim Ohlbrecht also can play the four, but we’ll see what they can get out of that group.

Philly is pretty banged up at the center spot as well. Nerlens Noel will be out the first couple months of the season and Kwame Brown is getting a second opinion on a hamstring issue, so that leaves Spencer Hawes and not much else.

I’d say this means the Sixers will struggle but they were going to struggle anyway. By design.

  1. tcclark - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Not to mention the starting power forward Thaddeus Young. It kills me when people put him at the 3 spot. He is a POWER forward.

    • somekat - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      Thad can play both. He came into the league as a SF, but didn’t get to play it because that was Iggy’s spot. Neither of them had the jump shot to play the 2, but the team was better with both on the floor, so he moved to the 4. After Iggy finally left, exchange his name for Turner and it’s the same situation.

      He’s bulked up a bit over the last 2 years, because he’s been playing so much of the 4, but he’s athletic enough that he could still play the 3, if he’s not being asked to run the offense through him

      • tcclark - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        You need a little more than athleticism to play the 3. He doesn’t have the ball handling ability to play the three. He can’t can’t create his own shot, he’s not going to cross anyone up on his way to the rim, and he’s not a good enough jump shooter to run off screens to catch and shoot. And those aren’t even the biggest reasons Doug didn’t play him at the three. He didn’t play him there because he’s not a good enough perimeter defender. Perimeter D is more than athleticism which Thad clearly has. He doesn’t have fluid hips out there, he doesn’t turn well enough, and his first step isn’t going to keep up with the Lebrons, Paul Georges, and Carmelo Anthonys of the world.

        Thad’s best quality is that he is always around the ball. Always. he finds the ball for offensive rebounds, he finds the loose balls, he disrupts passes into the low post on defense. You need to put him in a position where he will be able to find the ball more. Putting him on the perimeter would eliminate his best asset. Thad scores really quietly. Only the best commentators who really appreciate hustle plays mention him very often on a broadcast. He scores a lot of second chance points and open jump shots. I don’t think I’ve ever seen thad take a player one on one on the perimeter and scored. That’s not his game. The best part about Doug’s coaching is that he played to every players strengths. He didn’t ask Iggy to shoot, he let him pass. He set Lou Will free to do what he wanted, and he played Thad exclusively at the 4.

  2. somekat - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    A shame, I’d of liked to see Moultrie get some minutes and develop his gave this year. I don’t think this guy can be a cornerstone of the franchise by any means, but I think he can be a solid contributor with the right parts around him.

    Oh well, one more solid guy that won’t play until the new year. Rack up those L’s.

    What’s this about Kwame Brown being hurt? I wanted to run him 40 minutes a game for at least a month. make him earn that money, lol

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