Last season was not the rookie experience that 76ers power forward Arnett Moultrie had hoped for.

Injuring his ankle during a predraft workout in Sacramento, Calif., kept him out of the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League. Still hampered by the injury in training camp, he wasn’t in shape at the start of the season. Then, in December, he was sent down to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League for seven games.

Moultrie certainly isn’t happy about the first impression he left, but that experience is part of what is driving the 22-year-old as he prepares for a second chance to get his career going in the right direction.

“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.”

Reported by Keith Pompey of theĀ Philadelphia Inquirer