Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
32-Year-Old ForwardF
Los Angeles Clippers
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/22/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Mbah a Moute was a key piece in the Rockets run to the Western Conference Finals last season, providing an elite defender that can knock down shots when given an open look. Despite his contributions in real life terms, Mbah a Moute was largely avoidable in Fantasy leagues, as he averaged just 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 25.6 minutes. He added 1.0 three-pointer made at a 36.4 percent clip, giving him the 3-and-D designation that so many teams look for in today's NBA. As a result of his strong play, Mbah a Moute left the Rockets in hopes of finding a more lucrative contract. He ended up getting a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Clippers, where he should play a similar role to what he saw last season. Look for Mbah a Moute to slot in as one of the top reserves at the two forward positions, providing relief when either Danilo Gallinari or Tobias Harris needs a breather. That said, he still lacks the stat-stuffing production needed to have utility in most Fantasy leagues, so he'll likely remain a waiver wire target if injuries deplete the Clippers frontcourt. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.32 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2018.
Set to resume practice soon
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 14, 2019
Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that he expects Mbah a Moute (knee) to resume practicing with the team shortly after the All-Star break, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
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Mbah a Moute's recovery from a sore left knee has been crushingly slow, with the injury keeping the forward on the shelf for nearly four months. While Rivers' comments suggest Mbah a Moute might be closing in on a return to game action, it's likely the 32-year-old will need to put in multiple practices before the team is fully comfortable with his conditioning. As a veteran on an expiring deal for a team that probably has more incentive to prioritize minutes for younger players, Mbah a Moute likely won't be a major factor in the rotation once he gets the green light to play.
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Mbah a Moute's 2016-17 campaign was his second season with the Clippers. Despite starting 76-of-80 games, he was largely there as a defensive presence, while also adding the occasional three-pointer. He finished the year with averages of 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 22.3 minutes, largely keeping him off the Fantasy radar in the majority of formats. That's not going to change much with the Rockets and he could actually see a role reduction in terms of his playing time. While Mbah a Moute shot a career-high 39.1 percent from the three-point line, which would fit well with the Rockets uptempo three-point barrage, he's still going to be a bit buried on the depth chart. Though he has the ability to play both forward spots, Mbah a Moute is stuck behind Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Ryan Anderson, meaning he could struggle to reach the 20-minute plateau on most nights. The Rockets made it a priority to add defensive-minded players in the offseason, so when Mbah a Moute hits the floor, that should be his main focus.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is entering his seventh season in the NBA and his first with the 76ers. He began last season with the Kings but was traded early in the season to the Timberwolves. With the Timberwolves, he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 15 minutes per game through 55 games played. He shot 45 percent from the field on 2.9 attempts per game and 69 percent from the free-throw line on 1.0 attempt per game. All of those values, except for his field goal and free throw percentages, were career lows. Mbah a Moute's reputation is as a defensive stalwart, but despite being only 27 years old, his defense in recent seasons has not been of the same quality as it was when he was younger. In his best seasons, he was a poor scorer but an efficient shooter and was capable of posting slightly above-average per minute rebounds and steals totals. Over the last two seasons, however, he has declined in every category. The 76ers, with their relative dearth of talent at the forward positions, could give Mbah a Moute the opportunity he needs to revive his career. If he struggles, however, that could open the door for Arnett Moultrie or Brandon Davies. Mbah a Moute's presence serves one additional purpose, though it will not help fantasy managers. Mbah a Moute has known and mentored rookie Joel Embiid since Embiid was 16 years old, and the Sixers drafted Embiid with the third pick, so having Mbah a Moute there, even as simply a mentor, is worth the investment for Embiid's development.
Mbah a Moute swapped one crowded depth chart for another this offseason when he came from Milwaukee to Sacramento. Last season as a Buck, even when healthy Mbah a Moute played fewer minutes than he had in any of his previous four seasons, and his numbers fell accordingly. This year, however, he looks to have the edge over Salmons in the battle for small forward. Even if he loses the starting spot, Mbah a Moute should play more than last year, and has a reasonable shot at setting a career high for minutes. But Mbah a Moute is one of those better-in-real-life-than-fantasy players, and needs to improve more than just his minutes totals in order to be valuable in all but the deepest of leagues.
The Bucks’ best perimeter defender, Mbah a Moute will often be counted on to guard the opponent’s top scorer. Unfortunately for Mbah a Moute and the Bucks, it’s looking like he will miss the beginning of the season due to a knee injury. Mbah a Moute is primarily counted on for his defense, so don’t expect much from him on the offensive end. However, he could see a bump in value at some point during the season if he is able to snag the starting small forward role when healthy.
Mbah a Moute is slated to open the season as the Bucks’ starting power forward. The Nuggets signed the restricted free agent to a four-year, $18.7 million offer sheet in December, but the Bucks’ decision to match the deal indicates they think he will be a key player for them in the coming seasons, including this one. Despite his value to the team, especially on the defensive end, Mbah a Moute will probably only average around 30 minutes per game in the Bucks’ crowded frontcourt; and though he is improving offensively, he has averaged just 6.7 ppg in his career. Mbah a Moute is an intriguing player, but he’s only average in the fantasy world.
The Cameroonian prince has quietly become one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA, capable of guarding anyone from speedy point guards to athletic wings to physical power forwards. However, for all his defense prowess, he's about as limited as they come offensively, and the Bucks' offseason additions at forward will likely cut into Mbah a Moute's playing time. He's much more valuable in real life than in fantasy.
Mbah a Moute surprised many by playing such a large role for the Bucks last season, starting 52 games for the injury-depleted team. Mbah a Moute is a big 6-8, 230 pound wing that has only average athleticism and plays a style of game without huge upside. On the other hand, he was very consistent for a rookie with meager but reasonable averages of seven points, six boards, an assist and a steal in 26 minutes of play. Now that he is more used to the rigors of the NBA it is not unreasonable to think that he could average near a double-double if he plays sufficient minutes as a sophomore, but his lack of three-point range or any other peripheral contribution limits his upside. The Bucks are a team in flux and Mbah a Moute seems more a starter by default than a future cornerstone, but he is still worth keeping an eye on if he keeps getting minutes.
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Won't play Wednesday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 13, 2019
Mbah a Moute (knee) is unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.
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Ruled out Monday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 10, 2019
Mbah a Moute (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Timberwolves, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Remains out Saturday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 8, 2019
Mbah a Moute (knee) remains out Friday against the Celtics, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Still out Thursday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 6, 2019
Mbah a Moute (knee) won't play Thursday against the Pacers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Remains out Monday
FLos Angeles Clippers
Knee
February 4, 2019
Mbah a Moute (knee) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.
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