"It definitely just motivated me to stay in the gym and keep bettering myself," Moultrie said. "So when the time comes next season, I can show Philadelphia what I bring to the Sixers."
In the summer league, the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder looks to give Sixers fans a peek at what they can expect. The 10-team tournament, featuring mostly rookies and second-year players, began Sunday and runs through July 12 on the Amway Center practice court. Moultrie scored four points and pulled down six rebounds in the first game, an 88-80 loss to Houston.
"Hopefully, I will have a good summer league," Moultrie said, "and then I'll just get back to work after the summer league."
Moultrie was the 27th overall pick last summer by Miami. The Heat traded him on draft night to the Sixers for the 45th pick and a future first-rounder. At the time, the Sixers saw the deal as one of the steals of the draft. They had Moultrie rated higher than post players Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Perry Jones, and Andrew Nicholson. They were top-20 picks last June.
But the former Mississippi State standout played in just 47 of 82 regular-season games. For the most part, he did not see action during critical parts of games. He averaged 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 11.5 minutes.
"It was tough," Moultrie said. "But I learned from it. It was helpful. I will just use it for the future."
He learned that you can't be sure what to expect in the NBA.
"You never know what's going to happen," Moultrie said. "You've got to come in and just do what you do on the basketball court. Other than that, you can't choose."
Even though he started to improve in February, Moultrie said he realizes that the injury and subpar playing shape early on had roles in his lack of playing time.
That's why he worked out every day for the last three weeks with the Sixers coaches at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"He wants to be good, and he wants to play," said 76ers assistant coach Michael Curry, who is running the summer-league team. "So he realizes that you have to put the work in first to earn your way out there on the court. And when you get there, if you perform there, you will stay."
That's exactly what Moultrie hopes to do.
"I'm going to play hard each night, play with a lot of energy," he said. "I'm going to do the right things to help us win as many games as possible."
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