After being benched for a large part of the season, the 6-foot-11 Moultrie, the 27th overall pick by Miami acquired in exchange for a future first-round pick and the draft rights to 45th pick Justin Hamilton, will be a part of the rotation for the remainder of the season.
"It's real valuable for me to grow as a player," said Moultrie, who is averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. "I can use this time to get better and take advantage of the time I'm getting."
Moultrie has stayed on the bench 24 times, mostly in the first half of the season. He was sent down to the development league for seven games in late December. He hasn't played enough to be a factor this season, but he has appeared in 16 of the Sixers' last 18 games. Over the last nine games, Moultrie is shooting 64.3 percent (18 for 28) from the floor.
"I'm feeling more comfortable," Moultrie said.
The Indiana Pacers (40-24), who play at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, with players like center Roy Hibbert (7-2, 278 pounds) and forward David West (6-9, 250) are the big-and-physical type of team that the Sixers hope to deploy Moultrie against in the future. Atop the Central Division, the Pacers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
What Collins wants to see from Moultrie are things quality big men do. Collins wants him running the floor, rolling to the basket hard on pick-and-rolls, making himself available for lobs at the basket, and playing physically against opposing big men.
Moultrie has no problem with that.
"For the remainder of the season I just want to get in there and show what I can do," Moultrie said. "I want to set myself up for my future in the organization."
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