Moultrie lone Bulldog in NBA

Arnett Moultrie will be out until January following ankle surgery. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Arnett Moultrie will be out until January following ankle surgery. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

The NBA season tipped off Tuesday night with only one Bulldog in the league.

Forward Arnett Moultrie is the only former Mississippi State player to begin the season in the NBA in his second year as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Moultrie (2012) did not play in the 76ers 114-110 win over Miami on its opening night Wednesday. He is expected to be out until January after having surgery on his left ankle in late September.

The 6-foot-10 native of Memphis, Tenn., transferred to State from UTEP following the 2010 season. As a rookie for the 76ers last year, Moultrie appeared in 47 games averaging 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.

Three other former Bulldogs spent the preseason on NBA rosters but were cut before the regular season began. Jarvis Varnado (2007-10) was released by the Miami Heat on Oct. 21, Dee Bost (2009-12) was waived by the Portland Trailblazers on Oct. 22 and Romero Osby (2009-10) was cut by the Orlando Magic on Oct. 25.

Ben Hansbrough (2007-08) played last season alongside his brother for the Indiana Pacers but in August signed with Gran Carnaria in the Canary Islands.

Osby and Hansbrough began their careers in Starkville but finished up at Oklahoma and Notre Dame respectively.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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