Under the Microscope

Through his first four seasons in the NBA, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has gained a reputation as one of the premier perimeter defenders in the league.

Luc has gained the respect of his peers and coaches around the league as a tough matchup for the best players in the game each and every night. No. 12 has accomplished this by working hard on the defensive end of the floor since he learned the game of basketball and carving out a niche.

By successfully defending players like Kobe Bryant, Luc has gained a reputation as a stopper (Getty Images).

But measuring the contributions of a player on defense will always be difficult. There are no statistics to represent defensive impact the way points, assists and field goal percentage, among others, represent offensive impact. Blocked shots and steals only tell part of the story. So one blogger has decided to go deeper.

Steve von Horn of Milwaukee Bucks blog Brew Hoop has begun a series called « In Defense of Defense » wherein he will analyze Luc’s impact on the defensive end of the court. He explains in his introductory piece:

I’ve assembled a list of big-time NBA wing scorers — LeBron JamesKevin DurantCarmelo AnthonyDanny GrangerJoe JohnsonKobe Bryant and Paul Pierce — to stack up against guys known across the league as top-notch perimeter defenders. The reputation of a perimeter stud like Luc Mbah a Moute will be put to the test by measuring on-court defensive impact relative to the normal shooting averages and advanced stat ratings from the scorer group. Sample sizes are small for these individual matchups, so I combined the stats to create three-year averages.

Over the next few weeks, von Horn will analyze post his finding to Brew Hoop and we’ll share them with you here on MbahAMoute.com. Click here for more from Brew Hoop.