The Sacramento Kings acquired power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason. The Bucks were clearing cap space and knew that Mbah a Moute simply didn’t live up to his position as a defensive specialist enough to keep him. Apparently, the Kings found that out as well, which is why they dealt him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Derrick Williams.
Minnesota is convinced that Mbah a Moute is an elite defender who can stop the top offensive threats in the NBA. Unfortunately, that has never been the case, even though teams have always attempted to utilize him as a defensive specialist.
“Luc is known as one of the premier defensive players in the league with an ability to guard multiple positions,” Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said in a statement, according to the team’s website. “He adds a lot of energy, grit and a high basketball IQ to our team. We thank Derrick for his contributions to our organization and wish him well in Sacramento.”
The reality is Sacramento is fortunate that Minnesota thinks that about Mbah a Moute because it allowed them to get rid of him. In fact, the Kings could possibly have come away with a steal in Williams, who was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011. Even though the 22-year-old has yet to live up to the hype, there is no question that he has shown enough potential for Sacramento to take a chance on him.
Williams has averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 155 career contests with Minnesota.