Contract status: Signed by Sacramento as a free agent this summer out of Oregon State. Under contract through 2016-17 with team options for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
2013-14 in review: Moreland earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention accolades at Oregon State, while averaging 8.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 29.4 minutes per game. He recorded seven double-doubles during his junior campaign.
He finished as the career leader in blocked shots in Oregon State history (184), blocks per game (2.07).
Coming off the bench for the Kings NBA Summer League championship team, Moreland averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in six games. He shot 44% from the field. His 16 blocks and 2.7 blocks per game average led the NBA Summer League.
2014-15 outlook: No statistic translates more consistently from college to the NBA than rebounding and Moreland demonstrated that fact this summer.
Signed as a result of the strong impression he made during summer league, head coach Michael Malone praises Moreland's “high motor,” work ethic and energy.
Getting playing time could be difficult for Moreland since the Kings are deep at power forward with Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans on the roster. The Kings could also potentially go with a small lineup and slide Rudy Gay over from small forward.
Moreland is likely to make frequent trips on I-80 between Sacramento and Reno, home of the Kings' NBA D-League affiliate Reno Big Horns.
For inspiration and a career to model, Moreland needs to look no further than across the locker room to Evans, who was undrafted out of Iowa and is entering his 13th NBA season and possesses similar traits – the high motor, tenacity, rebounding propensity and overall terrific team guy.
Moreland needs to have the same traits on and off the court, plus patience and mental toughness to stick in Sacramento.