As the Milwaukee Bucks move deeper into an important season for the franchise, they’re learning how important Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is to what they do.
Luc got his sixth straight start on Saturday night with Carlos Delfino sitting out with a neck strain and No. 12 put up a line that has become defined as « Luc-like » for its well-rounded numbers.
Luc dropped seven points, grabbed four rebounds, dished two assists, picked off one steal and registered one block in Saturday night’s home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jeramey Jannene of Bucks Blog The Bratwurst describes how Luc Richard somehow always manages to find the rim even on a team where he isn’t a top scoring option.
« Moute Kicks Boute -Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is the silent assassin on the Bucks. He typically has to defend the best offensive player on the other team, be it Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant. As a reward for his hard work, Mbah a Moute never gets a single play called for him. So how does he post a career average of seven points a game? The offensive glass. Despite being undersized as a starting power forward, Luc Richard yanks down over two offensive rebounds a game. Those rebounds usually go straight back up and result in two points for the good guys. »
No. 12 is currently averaging 2.2 offensive rebounds per game and 9.2 rebounds per 40 minutes. Luc and David West of the New Orleans Hornets are the only two players in the top 25 in offensive rebounds per game to record fewer than 10 total boards per game, giving Luc one of the highest offensive rebounding ratios in the NBA.
Luc Richard’s stuffed line on Saturday followed a Friday night in Philly where Luc Richard registered the best point differential among Bucks’ players that played at least 10 minutes. He scored four points on 2-of-3 from the field and added three boards and an assist in Milwaukee’s 90-79 loss.
ESPN’s Page 2 recently went one-on-one with No. 12 to discuss his status as a Prince in Cameroon.
Luc told Matt Lindner that it isn’t as glamorous as its made out to be:
« I didn’t have people throwing rose petals at myself or things like that, » he said, « but I definitely enjoyed being the prince of a chief. »
Mbah a Moute grew up in Bia Messe, Cameroon, a small village just outside the capital of Yaounde. His father, Camille Mouté à Bidias, is the elected village chief there.
While he says growing up as a prince had its perks, it wasn’t quite what you might think.
« Not really, just go to different meetings and traditional events, » he said. « I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to make any decisions. That’s all my Dad. »
Luc also told Lindner that he plans a return to him native Cameroon whenever he decides to call it a career in the NBA:
« I don’t think I’ll take over for my Dad but I’ll be doing a lot of different things [there], » he said. « I don’t know what I want to do right now, but I’m definitely going back. »
The Bucks look to buck a three-game skid on the road against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Luc and the Bucks play four of their next five games on the road including back-to-back games against the perennial Western Conference playoff contenders Utah and Denver next week.
But first they’ll begin the five-game stretch against three sub-.500 teams in the East starting with Cleveland on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST and you see all the action on FSN Wisconsin.