Day 3 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to improve their fitness level over at Stockton College.
Today we present the fifth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014. Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.
Today’s training camp question is…“Should Arnett Moultrie be worried about making the 76ers roster out of training camp and preseason?”
Jeff McMenamin: I don’t believe for one second the comments Sam Hinkie made about Moultrie working “really hard” this offseason. Moultrie has always held a lazy work ethic and its shown during his two seasons with the Sixers.
Moultrie should definitely be worried, especially now that guys like Ronald Roberts Jr., JaKarr Sampson and Brandon Davies are all fighting their hardest to make the roster as well.
This is Moultrie’s last chance to prove his worth as an NBA player. If he can’t make it on the Sixers he’s not going to make it anywhere else in this League.
C. Smith: Absolutely he should be worried. After a decent rookie season, 2013-14 was a disaster for #5 and he has a reputation among NBA front office types for having a terrible attitude. So unless Moultries shows at Training Camp 2014 that he’s a changed man and really impresses Hinkie & Brown with drastically improved skills, I don’t think he will be on the opening night roster. There are just too many younger, hungrier, cheaper, more team oriented options at forward — Sims, Roberts, Varnado, Sampson — who have the same developing skill set as Moultire to keep headache #5 on the roster.
However, I don’t think the Sixers will simply cut Moultrie. I think the 76ers brass likes the flashes of solid play they saw on tape from #5 in 2012-13. Thus, I would not be shocked if he was assigned to the 87ers as a test of his intestinal fortitude and to see if he can be developed by Rod Baker, Billy Lange and others on that side of the franchise.
Michael Kaskey Blomain: Yes, Arnett Moultrie should be worried about making the team out of camp. With no proven track record of success of experience his spot is far from set in stone. He has struggled with injury and conditioning issues throughout his NBA career, and this camp will be crucial for him to demonstrate he has overcame those issues. If he were to show up at camp overweight and unconditioned (which he didn’t), it would send a message to the team that he may not be as dedicated as he should be, and a player only gets so many chances in the league.
With that being said however, Moultrie showed up to camp in solid shape and ready to play. Dude is talented and athletic, and he possess a skill-set that made him a first-round pick just a couple years ago. If he can get it together and actually get out on the court he could be a contributor to the franchisee’s frontcourt. In a way his fate is in his own hands.
So while Moultrie should be worried about making the team and playing his best and hardest throughout camp, if he does those things, he will likely have a spot on the Sixers squad this season.
C. Smith is the Editor of Philadunkia. You can follow us @philadunkia.
Jeff McMenamin is a scribe for Philadunkia. You can follow him on Twitter @Sixersblog.
Michael Kaskey-Blomain is a scribe for Philadunkia. You can follow him on Twitter @therealmikeKB.