The Philadelphia 76ers took Maurice Harkless from St. Johns with the 15th pick in the NBA draft. The nineteen-year-old Harkless is a small forward, weighs 190 pounds and stands 6′ 9″. He was the Big East Rookie of the Year and started all 32 games for the Red Storm. He averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, and a little over one block and one assist per game. His free-throw percentage was a dismal .678.
I must say that I am disappointed with this selection. It is clear that the Sixers need some bigs to get to the next level. Harkless has talent, and can give the team another good wing player. He is probably a few years and 15 pounds away from being a starter in the NBA.
But in a trade with the Heat, the Sixers obtained power forward Arnett Moultrie, the last selection in the first round. The Sixers gave the Heat their 2nd round pick this year and a future first round pick. Moultrie averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. Within the SEC, a strong conference, he was second in scoring and first in rebounds. At 6′ 11″ and 233 pounds, Moultrie certainly gives the Sixers some young beef in the frontcourt, which they desperately need.
I really like this move to obtain Moultrie since they didn’t address their highest priority with their first selection.
Hopefully the Sixers can be clever enough with their salary moves to sign two first-round picks. With these two new forwards, you really must think that Elton Brand has played his last game for the Sixers and the amnesty card will be played.
I’m thinking if Moultrie pans out, the Sixers should be the favorites to win the Atlantic Division.