For Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the whirlwind continues to gust. The newest Timberwolves player didn't expect anything but a frenzy when he was traded Nov. 26 from Sacramento in a straight-up exchange for Derrick Williams. But more than a month later, the versatile, defensive-minded Mbah a Moute's life is still fraught with transition. New city. New system. New coworkers. And a new rotation that changes from night to night. "Still adjusting," Mbah a Moute said. "It's kind of tough in a situation like this, in the middle of the season. This is my first time doing it. A team like this, with a system, kind of everything's set. I'm just trying to fit in." The latest hurdle came in Wednesday's win against New Orleans, when Mbah a Moute injured his groin and wasn't able to return. He didn't do much in practice Thursday, didn't practice at all Friday, and may or may not be available Saturday when Minnesota hosts Oklahoma City. That'd be a blow to the Timberwolves' chances to go over .500 for the first time in seven tries since late November, given that Mbah a Moute and starting wing Corey Brewer would've been asked to take turns guarding Kevin Durant. But that expectation, unfulfilled or not Saturday night at the Target Center, illustrates the value coach Rick Adelman and the rest of the front office saw when they realized Williams wasn't working out here. "He's a very good defender," Adelman said of Mbah a Moute. "What I like about him is he's very physical, but he's smart. He knows who he's guarding, too." That's been the book on Mbah a Moute for most of his six-year career -- the first five seasons of which were spent in Milwaukee before the Bucks shipped him to Sacramento this past offseason. At 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, the Cameroon native is thick enough to guard fours and quick enough to guard twos, as he's exhibited in several different spot defensive roles throughout his 15 games with the Timberwolves. Playing 17.7 minutes per game, his defensive numbers aren't anything special -- 1.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game -- but Mbah a Moute is the kind of defender whose contributions are more esoteric than anything, according to Adelman.
Mbah a Moute still adjusting to life with Wolves
Fox Sports | Jan 3