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Moore in the process of hypnotizing and duping another team

Mar 23, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

Mikki Moore has magical powers. I’m convinced. How else would you explain the fact that he has actually persuaded NBA teams to pay him money to play basketball?

There was a point where Moore was decent. He was hard-working, and somehow developed a reputation for being ‘rugged’ despite being a pretty poor finisher inside and not much of a rebounder. But now, the only thing that’s rugged is his jumper, which is the only offensive “weapon” (heavy on the quotes, please) he could potentially bring to an NBA roster.

No inside game. No outside game. No rebounding. No defense. If that’s not a list of traits that describes a candidate for an NBA roster, I don’t know what is.

But yet here we are — or really, here the Utah Jazz are — entertaining the idea that Moore may be able to help out a playoff team. Even after signing Othyus Jeffers for the remainder of the season, the Jazz will have space on their roster for Moore, whom Utah GM Kevin O’Connor confirmed as a potential target. Nothing is in place yet, but provided that Moore is as healthy as his agent claims, we could see him in a Jazz uniform in the coming weeks. Shake your head, sigh deeply, and facepalm.

  1. Paul - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    What he shoots he shoots well. The defense sucks. The offensive rebound is modest and the defensive rebounding is weak but Utah is in pretty good shape on defensive rebounding.

  2. Paul - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    His career eFG% is 55% and he has hit 60% the last two seasons. His career TS% is 60% and he has done the same in the playoffs. He doesn’t shoot a lot but teams shouldn’t expect and usually don’t want that.

  3. Paul - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Is he the very best choice? I haven’t reviewed the field. But can I understand how they might want him as insurance big, who could play a few minutes against reserve centers if you really need it, alongside one of their strong defensive rebounders sometimes instead of always turning to a real young guy? Yeah I can.

  4. Paul - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Could they want him to cover Channing Frye, given that the Suns are their likely playoff opponent? That would make Moore a more understandable choice. They might also want him as an option to possibly at least try to track Dirk or Gasol on the outside if they advance.

  5. matt - Mar 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    The jazz know what they’re getting with more. he was a jazzman for a time already and the organization likes him. that being said, he’ll be pretty far down on the depth chart. he’ll essentially be in jarron collin’s old position. really, the jazz aren’t expecting much.

  6. cerano50 - Apr 1, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Why no love for Mikki Moore…If given the right situation Moore could prove useful. Did you forget Moore led the ENTIRE NBA in FG% just a few years ago with Nets. Deron Williams is much like jason kidd so the gamble could payoff. Moore is a hard worker and his teamates love the guy…besides last I heard you cant teach someone how to be a 7 footer.
    here are 16 Reasons Why Mikki Moore should still be in the league and would prove useful to any ball club:
    1. Sheldon Williams
    2. Jason + Jarron Collins
    3. Josh Boone
    4. DJ Mbenga
    5. erik Dampier…yes he starts but still dead weight!!!
    6. Steven Hunter
    7. Jamaal magloire
    8. Dan gadzuric
    9. primo brezec
    10. brian cardinal
    11. Kyrylo fesenko
    12. Sean may
    13. Eddy curry
    14. Tony battie
    15. Ike Diogu
    16. sean marks
    Clearly with the exception of dampier none of these guys are all that much better than Moore

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