From the comments I have seen regarding the trade, I can see that you guys are excited to have acquired a defensive stopper of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's caliber. I know you guys are looking to challenge for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference and I fully believe that you guys have the pieces needed to make it happen.
Sacramento hasn't been a good team in recent years. With the changes in ownership things are finally starting to look up and this season has been more about changing the culture of the team rather then winning. This is why I think this trade is beneficial to both teams. The Kings have not had a quality small forward since Ron Artest, and for about a month we believed the Luc could finally be the person to fill this void. Most fans are upset to see Luc be traded, but we are intrigued in what Derrick Williams can do with a change of scenery in Sacramento.
Mbah a Moute has been as advetised - a versatile defender who doesn't use up many possessions. While Luc was easily our best defender, he simply wasn't a good fit for our current team because as great as he is defensively one guy can't change the Kings woes on that end of the floor. I think he fits perfectly in Minnesota simply because you guys are much closer to contend than we are in Sacramento.
In a small sample size, Mbah a Moute has lived up to his reputation as a lockdown defender. In a comeback win against the Suns, Luc played a crucial role in slowing down Gerald Green - holding him to only 3 points in the second half after he lit us up for 20 in the first (with McLemore and Salmons splitting the duties). He also held Chris Paul to 3-10 shooting in the second half in a heartbreaking loss to the Clippers a week ago, and even slowed down Pau Gasol.
Offensively he doesn't take up many possessions and has shown that he can knock down open shots. He seems to know his limitations on that end of the floor and doesn't try to press the issue. You will see very few bad shots from Luc. He is also a decent rebounder and takes care of the basketball.
I am intrigued to have Derrick Williams join the Sacramento Kings but I wanted to hear from you guys what you thought about him in his time in Minny. I know he averaged around 17/7 when Kevin Love went down last season, but what else does he bring to the table? What are some of his strengths and weaknesses? Do you think he can play small forward, or is he strictly a power forward?
I wish you guys the best of luck this season, and hopefully Mbah a Moute can be the piece you need to challenge for a playoff spot.