What is it with the Philadelphia 76ers and injuries below the waist?
First, it was Andrew Bynum’s knee, which destroyed hopes of a competitive 2012-2013 season. Then it was Jason Richardson, whose knee injury will cause him to miss most of the 2013-2014 season. Then the team drafted Nerlens Noel, still recovering from a torn ACL. And today the team announced that Arnett Moultrie suffered a left ankle injury and had surgery yesterday. He will likely miss half of the season, if not more.
The Sixers traded for Moultrie, a second-year player out of Mississippi State, in the late first round of last year’s draft, but head coach Doug Collins refused to play him much even in a losing season. He still, however, managed to flash some talent on the offensive end, averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds per game in only 11.5 minutes per game.
This is an unfortunate blow for the Sixers. In a tanking season, it is key to find out which young players can perform at the NBA level, and Moultrie’s time to do that has now been cut in half.