Luc Proves His Value

As the Milwaukee Bucks prepare for the beginning of their offseason, they cannot look past the contributions of one of the most important factors in the success they did have this season.

While Milwaukee has been dogged by injuries all year, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has stepped in to play a big role. No. 12 has missed just three Bucks games this season, his 75 games played ranking second on the team.

Over those 75 games, Luc has provided the same steady defense that has made the Bucks one of the toughest teams in the NBA to score against over the last three years. But though Luc Richard’s game has never been one dimensional, he has worked hard to refine the offensive side and make himself an even better player.

Wednesday night, the Prince showed that what was once potential, is now a reality.

Led by Luc’s 14 points and 12 rebounds, the Bucks defeated the Miami Heat 90-85.

Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball.com noted Luc’s quick start as a boon to the Bucks in his Wednesday night recap.

« John Salmons led the way with 17 points, but it was Luc Mbah a Moute’s scrappy style of play that set the tone for Milwaukee.  Mbah a Moute helped the Bucks off to quick start, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter, as the Bucks jumped out to a 25-15 lead after one. »

From there it was left on the defense and No. 12 stepped up in a big way on that end as well. It was the second straight game that Luc and the Milwaukee defense pushed around one of the Eastern Conference’s elite, playoff-bound offenses. Miami superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh gave No. 12 and the Bucks D their due:

« Every time you play them, it’s going to be one of those grind-it-out tough games, » James said. « They make it very physical. … I’ve played against Scott Skiles teams when he was in Chicago and now in Milwaukee, and it’s always the same effort. »

« You have to give credit to their defense, » Bosh said. « They play good defense. … Things are going to happen like that sometimes. »

The win against a star-studded Heat team was a characteristic Luc effort, wrote Dan Sinclair of Brew Hoop:

Luc compiled the only double-double for the Bucks tonight, and he did it in typical Luc fashion: laying in easy buckets made possible by excellent off-ball movement and a few tip-ins. He also played tough defense down the stretch, guarding LeBron James on a night where it seemed inevitable that LeBron would take over.

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The performance was another great example of why No. 12, who is a restricted free agent after the year, will be highly sought after this offseason.

Luc has shown Milwaukee that he can be a spark off the bench or the solid rock in the starting lineup. He has started 48 games for the Bucks this season, while coming off the bench in 27 games, proving an ability to do both capably.

While his offense has picked up, Luc’s defensive skills will always be what sets him apart. His length makes him a matchup problem from the post to the perimeter. He guards forwards with acumen and expertise, whether it be a power scoring four like Amare Stoudemire or a jump shooting three like Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

He also gives point and shooting guards fits along the perimeter. John Hollinger of ESPN notes the Prince’s defensive versatility to guard any spot on the floor:

« Mbah a Moute remains the league’s most underrated defender, not to mention its most versatile. Against Dallas last season, he guarded Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry in the same game; neither player did jack against him. »

Luc’s unselfishness and consistency make him an NBA commodity. Other attributes that ESPN’s Hollinger has observed include Luc’s ability to guard the ball, his length, toughness, quick feet and quick hands.

Simply put, the Prince does the little things that help his team in a big way. He’s adept at setting screens and boxing out. He can be a dominating force on the defensive glass and racks up offensive boards with his hustle.

On offense, No. 12 might not stretch defenders beyond the three-point line, but he has shot just under 47 percent from the field in his career.  This season, Luc has equaled his double-double total of his two previous seasons with eight.

Luc Richard has also played his best basketball against the best teams in the league this season. He scored 16 points and added eight rebounds in just 26 minutes of play against the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls in late January.

In addition, Luc was astounding in the month of March. To start the month he dropped 19 points on the Boston Celtics while racking up seven boards. Later in the month, the Prince went on a stretch in which he scored in double digits seven straight times. For the month, he averaged 10.3 points per game.

Those around the Bucks are hopeful Milwaukee keeps him around, as Sinclair writes for Brew Hoop:

« Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows about my growing infatuation with Luc Mbah a Moute. More than just an exceptional defender, Luc is a serious hustle guy who rebounds with his body and gets good position on the offensive boards.

I’d love to see him improve his midrange jumper (only shoots 35% between 10-15 feet), but he’s extremely active in the flow of the offense and spots seams in the defense really well, always seeming to cut toward the basket at the perfect time. I really hope Milwaukee keeps him. »

His elite defensive skills with a rising offensive game attached make the Prince a rare asset in the league. If there is one player on the Milwaukee roster that GM John Hammond cannot afford to let slip through the cracks this offseason, it’s Luc.

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  • Bucks truly are an enigmatic puzzle (Journal-Sentinel, April 8, 2011)As the Milwaukee Bucks prepare for the beginning of their offseason, they cannot look past the contributions of one of the most important factors in the success they did have this season.

    While Milwaukee has been dogged by injuries all year, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has stepped in to play a big role. No. 12 has missed just three Bucks games this season, his 75 games played ranking second on the team.

    Over those 75 games, Luc has provided the same steady defense that has made the Bucks one of the toughest teams in the NBA to score against over the last three years. But though Luc Richard’s game has never been one dimensional, he has worked hard to refine the offensive side and make himself an even better player.

    Wednesday night, the Prince showed that what was once potential, is now a reality.

    Led by Luc’s 14 points and 12 rebounds, the Bucks defeated the Miami Heat 90-85.

    Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball.com noted Luc’s quick start as a boon to the Bucks in his Wednesday night recap.

    « John Salmons led the way with 17 points, but it was Luc Mbah a Moute’s scrappy style of play that set the tone for Milwaukee.  Mbah a Moute helped the Bucks off to quick start, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter, as the Bucks jumped out to a 25-15 lead after one. »

    From there it was left on the defense and No. 12 stepped up in a big way on that end as well. It was the second straight game that Luc and the Milwaukee defense pushed around one of the Eastern Conference’s elite, playoff-bound offenses. Miami superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh gave No. 12 and the Bucks D their due:

    « Every time you play them, it’s going to be one of those grind-it-out tough games, » James said. « They make it very physical. … I’ve played against Scott Skiles teams when he was in Chicago and now in Milwaukee, and it’s always the same effort. »

    « You have to give credit to their defense, » Bosh said. « They play good defense. … Things are going to happen like that sometimes. »

    The win against a star-studded Heat team was a characteristic Luc effort, wrote Dan Sinclair of Brew Hoop:

    Luc compiled the only double-double for the Bucks tonight, and he did it in typical Luc fashion: laying in easy buckets made possible by excellent off-ball movement and a few tip-ins. He also played tough defense down the stretch, guarding LeBron James on a night where it seemed inevitable that LeBron would take over.

    HOT COMMODITY
    The performance was another great example of why No. 12, who is a restricted free agent after the year, will be highly sought after this offseason.

    Luc has shown Milwaukee that he can be a spark off the bench or the solid rock in the starting lineup. He has started 48 games for the Bucks this season, while coming off the bench in 27 games, proving an ability to do both capably.

    While his offense has picked up, Luc’s defensive skills will always be what sets him apart. His length makes him a matchup problem from the post to the perimeter. He guards forwards with acumen and expertise, whether it be a power scoring four like Amare Stoudemire or a jump shooting three like Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

    He also gives point and shooting guards fits along the perimeter. John Hollinger of ESPN notes the Prince’s defensive versatility to guard any spot on the floor:

    « Mbah a Moute remains the league’s most underrated defender, not to mention its most versatile. Against Dallas last season, he guarded Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry in the same game; neither player did jack against him. »

    Luc’s unselfishness and consistency make him an NBA commodity. Other attributes that ESPN’s Hollinger has observed include Luc’s ability to guard the ball, his length, toughness, quick feet and quick hands.

    Simply put, the Prince does the little things that help his team in a big way. He’s adept at setting screens and boxing out. He can be a dominating force on the defensive glass and racks up offensive boards with his hustle.

    On offense, No. 12 might not stretch defenders beyond the three-point line, but he has shot just under 47 percent from the field in his career.  This season, Luc has equaled his double-double total of his two previous seasons with eight.

    Luc Richard has also played his best basketball against the best teams in the league this season. He scored 16 points and added eight rebounds in just 26 minutes of play against the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls in late January.

    In addition, Luc was astounding in the month of March. To start the month he dropped 19 points on the Boston Celtics while racking up seven boards. Later in the month, the Prince went on a stretch in which he scored in double digits seven straight times. For the month, he averaged 10.3 points per game.

    Those around the Bucks are hopeful Milwaukee keeps him around, as Sinclair writes for Brew Hoop:

    « Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows about my growing infatuation with Luc Mbah a Moute. More than just an exceptional defender, Luc is a serious hustle guy who rebounds with his body and gets good position on the offensive boards.

    I’d love to see him improve his midrange jumper (only shoots 35% between 10-15 feet), but he’s extremely active in the flow of the offense and spots seams in the defense really well, always seeming to cut toward the basket at the perfect time. I really hope Milwaukee keeps him. »

    His elite defensive skills with a rising offensive game attached make the Prince a rare asset in the league. If there is one player on the Milwaukee roster that GM John Hammond cannot afford to let slip through the cracks this offseason, it’s Luc.

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