The FanSided NBA network is conducting a Mock Draft of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. The Detroit Pistons have one pick (No. 9) in the first round, and as editor of Life On Dumars, I will be making the draft pick for the Pistons.
With the ninth pick in the FanSided NBA Mock Draft, Life On Dumars (representing the Detroit Pistons), has selected Arnett Moultrie of Mississippi State University.
Team Name (site name): Life On Dumars
Player name: Arnett Moultrie
Height: 6’ 11”
Weight: 249 lbs
School: Mississippi State University
Short summary of the player and his stats from college:
Moultrie played his freshman and sophomore years at UTEP, but transferred to Mississippi State as a junior and sat out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. After averaging 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a Miner, he exceeded both of those numbers in his first and only season as a Bulldog, averaging 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. He earned recognition in all three of his collegiate seasons – Conference USA All-Freshman Team (2008-09), Conference USA all-tournament team (2009-10), and All-SEC men’s basketball team (2011-12).
Why the decision was made to select this player:
With the widely expected pick (John Henson) and the hyper-athletic potential pick (Andre Drummond) gone before the team picked, Detroit goes with the player who they feel has the highest ceiling at the PF/C spot. With the ability to play both positions, head coach Lawrence Frank will be able to mix and match lineups with Greg Monroe, Moultrie, Jonas Jerebko, Vernon Macklin, and Jason Maxiell (who recently exercised his team option for 2012-13).
How he will fit in with the team:
As mentioned above, he will allow a great amount of flexibility with the Pistons frontcourt. They can have Monroe bang down low and Moultrie play off the dribble. He can drive to the hole, use his athleticism to slam down put-back attempts, and has a decent jumpshot. His ability to play above the rim is his biggest contribution to this team, as they severely lacked players with that type of skill set last season. The major improvement he could make would be his back to basket game, but that’s something that can be learned through repetition.
Best case and worst case scenarios for this player:
Best Case: Jermaine O’Neal
Worst Case: Jason Thompson