Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/29/12

The 76ers selected Maurice Harkless from St. John’s with the #15 pick in the NBA Draft. Harkless is 19 and was the Big East Rookie of the Year.

The 76ers selected Maurice “Moe” Harkless from St. John’s with the 15th selection in the NBA Draft last night. Harkless is 19 and 6’9″, was the Big East Rookie of the Year and averaged 15.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. It was a puzzling pick to most people because of Harkless’ similar skill set to Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.

Harkless is fast and athletic, a solid defender and a decent rebounder. He drives the basket well, but is inconsistent with his jump shot and three point shooting. Sound familiar?

With the drafting of Harkless, and the over abundance of the players with the same skill set, the Sixers’ plans seem to be coming into focus. Clearly they Sixers will keep Thaddeus Young, having just signed a multi year contract extension last year. Either Evan Turner or Andre Iguodala will likely be moved. When and to where are still big questions, but it definitely signals the end of someone’s time with the team.

The most obvious player to move would be Iguodala, whom the fan base has soured on. Iguodala has played 8 years in Philadelphia and has long the subject of trade rumors. There were even rumors last year that Iguodala requested a trade, though the team obviously did not comply… Then. He may well get his wish now.

The Sixers had a shot of filling the need for a big man in the draft as Tyler Zeller and others were still on the board at 15, but instead went with a player they liked. Sixers’ President Rod Thorn said the team believed that Zeller’s skill set was too similar to last year’s first rounder Nikola Vucevic.

The Sixers did make a trade with the Miami Heat, just about the ONLY thing the two teams have in common. The Sixers acquired Arnett Moultrie who the Heat drafted at #27 for the Sixers’ #45 pick in last night’s second round and a protected first round pick.

Arnett Moultrie is a 6’11″ power forward from Mississippi State who many believe is NBA ready. He averaged 16.4 points per game and 10.6 rebounds. He is a fierce rebounder which will certainly help the 76ers who struggled at points with that aspect of their game.

Moultrie could make Elton Brand expendable. Many speculate that the Sixers could use the amnesty clause to free up the $18.2 million that Elton Brand would earn this upcoming season, his final year under contract. The Sixers can use that clause starting on Sunday.

In the end, the Sixers had an aggressive draft, even if it raises more questions than it answers. That’s more than we’ve seen in a long time from the organization, but may not be quite enough. New owner Josh Harris indicated that the moves may not be done yet for the team.

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