Pick 27: Miami Heat (For Philadelphia)
Selection: Arnett Moultrie
Bryan Rosa – A Royal Pain
While Arnett hasn’t slid like Perry Jones, he’s certainly fallen a bit and the Sixers finally put him out of his misery. The 6’11 PF is a fantastic pick this late though, as with his unique agility and relentless motor, his blue collar game fits perfectly in Philly and under Doug Collins.
Jack Winter-Saving the Skyhook
Moultrie is good value here considering his size and awesome production at Mississippi State last season. He’s very big, is a great athlete, and led the SEC in rebounding last season, so that Moultrie still has potential as an offensive player is one of the the traits that makes him such an attractive prospect. Philly’s frontcourt is crowded, but Elton Brand is clearly in the twilight of his career, and Moultrie – in tandem with 2011 surprise Lavoy Allen – could eventually make a nice replacement.
Bryan Wendland-Roberto Gato
Moultrie’s stock rose and fell at times this summer, but for the Heat, he’s probably the right pick. He’s big, he can shoot threes and he’s a player that has a ton of room to grow. He’ll be a nice compliment to Chris Bosh in the post. I think the Heat would’ve done better drafting Perry Jones III, but it’s better for the rest of the league that a guy who would’ve gone in the top 10 in 2011 doesn’t go to the hated Heat in 2012.
Quixem Ramirez- Air Alamo
Chad Ford had Moultrie going to Philadelphia with the No. 15 pick. I’d say that’s good value. He’s exactly what Spencer Hawes is not: athletic. I questioned their selection of Moe Harkless but they definitely made up for that pick here.