The Rockets have had great firepower coming off the bench. One of those players is in the midst of a career shooting year.
Luc Mbah a Moute has had one of the most drastic changes in shooting that we’ve ever seen. Here are his last 5 years’ numbers from beyond the arc: 33%, 21%, 30%, 32.5%, 39%.
Last season, his first, besides one year in Philly, in which he was encouraged to shoot the 3 more, he saw his average rise to 39%. Part of that is due to Chris Paul finding him wide open, and part of it is because he played in a starting 5 where other teams would rather guard shooters players like J.J. Redick or Blake Griffin.
This season, Luc has stepped it up even more. He is shooting 40.4% from 3 on over double the number of attempts per game as last year. How has he done it? Well, CP3 is a huge part of it, that’s for sure.
The Chris Paul effect
Near the beginning of the season, we got to interview Luc Mbah a Moute. In the interview, he said how great it was having Chris Paul with him in Houston. He said that CP3 encouraged him to sign with the Rockets and that it’s nice to have a player that he’s meshed with before. Well, it has certainly shown for Mbah a Moute.
In fact, in games that Chris Paul has played in, Luc Mbah a Moute is shooting an incredible 62.5% from 3 (10/16).
Before Chris Paul returned from injury, it was looking like Luc’s shot was returning to where it used to be. In October, he shot just 24% from deep. It was improving in the month of November but skyrocketed once CP3 came back.
This tweet was from the Thanksgiving break, but it still is true today:
D'Antoni on Luc Mbah a Moute: "We got a really good steal… It's unbelievable that we could get him when we got him."
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) November 26, 2017
Signing Luc Mbah a Moute for the veteran’s minimum has to be one of the biggest steals of the offseason for anyone. Thankfully, he’s a Rocket now.
— Luc Mbah a Moute (@mbahamoute) December 7, 2017
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*All stats via Basketball-Reference*