With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Although the Clippers are trending in a new direction with their roster, the team still placed a premium on adding quality veterans throughout the offseason. Luc Mbah a Moute, a familiar face in LA, is one of those players.
The Clippers inked Mbah a Moute, a critical component of the Houston Rockets, to a 1-year deal over the summer. The consummate pro, Mbah a Moute is renowned as one of the league’s better defenders, and he can also hit the occasional three-pointer. While he isn’t Stephen Curry from beyond the arc, he is a capable shooter–one that personifies the modern 3-and-D player. He converted on 48.1 percent of his field goals last season, which accompanied a 36.4 percent average from three-point range. That shooting figure puts Mbah a Moute right around the league average.
Mbah a Moute overcame shoulder troubles last season to play in 61 games for the Rockets, averaging 7.5 PPG. Doc Rivers will be able to trust the 10-year veteran, especially in crunch-time. Mbah a Moute will serve as a backup for both Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris, as he’s versatile enough to play both forward positions depending on the lineup.
During the regular season, Mbah a Moute was a valuable member of Mike D’Antoni’s rotation with the Rockets. He played 25 minutes a night and contributed to the team finishing with the best record in the NBA at 65-17.
Prior to joining the Rockets, Mbah a Moute was a member of the Clippers from 2015-2017.
“Luc is the ultimate professional,” the Clippers’ Lawrence Frank said. “He is a very smart player and an outstanding defender who leads by example and provides a strong cultural presence in the locker room. Luc is a class act that we welcome back to the Clippers.”
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