Friday, April 17, 2009

I Didn't Even Know This Honor Existed

He's a great defender, plays hard every night, and was one of the best rookies in the NBA this season. For those reasons and more, it's no surprise to me that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is being recognized for his play this season. Actually, it's how he's being recognized that surprises me.

Apparently there is this thing called the "All-Rambis" team, and the only qualification is that you have to play as much like former Lakers forward Kurt Rambis as possible. The award is intended to give recognition to the players that do the dirty work on the floor for their teams, and while Rambis was great at what he did, I just never would have imagined there would be a all-pro team named after him.

Regardless, Mbah a Moute was named the sixth man for the Eastern Conference team, and was the only rookie selected. Making up the rest of the team was Andre Miller (Sixers), Anthony Parker (Raptors), Udonis Haslem (Heat), Anderson Varejao (Cavs), and Al Horford (Hawks).

The West was represented by Shane Battier (Rockets), Paul Millsap (Jazz), former Badger Michael Finley (Spurs), Nick Collison (Thunder), and former Buck Joel Prezybilla (Trail Blazers) as well as sixth man Chris Andersen (Nuggets).

Mbah a Moute was a steal of a draft pick in the 2nd round for the Bucks last season, and besides Richard Jefferson, he was the only Buck to appear in all 82 games, starting in 52 of them. He's going to be a centerpiece of this Bucks squad for years to come, and you guys better let the results of Bucks Survivor reflect that.

Hopefully this is one of many honors for Mbah a Moute during his career. While the All-Rambis team is something to be proud of, he's still got a long way to go before he earns his own one-minute slideshow on YouTube to the tune of "Final Countdown". 


Walk On Boy said...

Does that mean that he will be forced to wear horn-rims and rock the mullet? Even an incredibly cheesy posed shot with the rest of the winners would do.

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