While the Sacramento Kings have a handful of weaknesses, one of the main culprits both now and in the past has been the sub-par play of their small forward position.
It’s something that general manager Pete D’Alessandro attempted to fix when he acquired Luc Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason for two second round draft picks. Unfortunately, Mbah a Moute missed the preseason with knee tendinitis and now has fallen out of the rotation, despite being ‘healthy’.
Head coach Mike Malone says he doesn’t expect Mbah a Moute to crack the rotation in the near future:
“Right now, Johnny (Salmons) is our starting small forward and Travis (Outlaw) is the backup,” Malone said. “The good thing about Luc is he can play (small and power forward); he can guard multiple positions. As he continues to practice more and show what he’s able to do in practice, he’ll start to get more time on the court.”
Despite Malone’s comments, it’s only a matter of time until Mbah a Moute claims the majority of small forward minutes (assuming his health holds) as both John Salmons and Travis Outlaw have each looked questionable, at best.