With the 76ers having a down year, veteran small forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has taken advantage of the lack of talent that appears on the 76ers roster right now. Mbah a Moute was a 2nd round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008, as he was able to get a majority of the starts for the Bucks at small forward, but that was before he improved himself.
Entering the 2014-2015 season, Mbah a Moute had made 24 career three pointers in 86 attempts. With the 76ers this year, Mbah a Moute has taken more then double the attempts he took in his first six years in the league as he is 60 for 165 on three pointers this year, showing off his improved shot. He has made 61 starts for the 76ers this year, and the numbers don’t lie about his impact he leaves on the court for the 76ers, as let’s take a look at some of his recent numbers.
Mbah a Moute has been reffered as a poor man’s Andre Iguodala for the majority of his seven year career, and while the numbers aren’t as impressive as the numbers that Iggy can and has put up, the label could start to get a little changing. Mbah a Moute has always been overlooked due to the fact he isn’t a very explosive player, but his defense has always been there, and it looks like he is starting to put together the pieces as far as becoming a good offensive player goes. There’s really no way to teach offense like you could do with defense, but Mbah a Moute has been doing his best to do that.
Mbah a Moute’s improved offensive game and his defensive game which has always been great as I previously stated, had a special effect on Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, as Brown refers Mbah a Moute to his virtual everything and anything.
“How about Luc?” Brown said. “He’s my accountant, he’s my dentist, he takes care of my kids. He is my personal do-all.”
One major stat to look at in Mbah a Moute’s improved game is his three-point totals in split terms. After starting 17-73 from three point range this season, Mbah a Moute through February 8th had hit 16-49 of his three point shots he attempted for 32.7%. That percentage is about the same that guys like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Jimmy Butler had on the season as well. Mbah a Moute had some high praise from former 76er K.J. McDaniels, who was traded to the Houston Rockets not to long ago in February.
“To see guys get better, whether individually or as a team, that has been a big reward,” he said.
Mbah a Moute may not be filling up the stat sheets and becoming a must have pick-up for your fantasy basketball team, but the steps he has taken to improve his game with the 76ers this season should definitely get him a ton of credit for all the work he has put in to get better.
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