NBA Roundtable

Warriors Waive Mikki Moore

In Free Agency on January 5, 2010 at 7:28 am

RealGM reports

The Golden State Warriors have waived center Mikki Moore, the team announced today. Moore, 34, appeared in 23 games with Golden State this season (20 starts), averaging 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.7 minutes. A 12-year NBA veteran, Moore underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel on December 18.

With today’s transaction, Golden State’s roster currently stands at 15 players.

Thoughts

Good decision by Golden State. Moore was a liability who was hurting their team and their Head Coach Don Nelson had given him far too large of a role.

Mikki Moore is a very poor defender (both man-to-man and team defense) + a very poor rebounder (both at grabbing the rebound and keeping his opponent off the glass) + is a solid complementary offensive player. He has a nice midrange jump shot and he can finish in the paint. Overall, he’s a borderline NBA player.

Mikki Moore has played for nine teams — Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics (twice), Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets (twice), Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors — over the course of three seasons. In three of those seasons he has been a decent role player and in about half of the other seasons he was a serviceable NBA player. I don’t think he’ll have another season of rotation worthy basketball, and, I’m uncertain whether he’s even serviceable as an end of the bench player (13th-15th man).

I do expect to see Mikki Moore back in the NBA though. He’ll likely get picked up by another team this season and may even get another year out of it next season. A team like Portland who is desperate for another big man will take a chance on picking him.

Personally, I wouldn’t try to sign Moore. I think his negatives defensively + on the backboards are too large to overcome … meaning that there will always be a better option either within a team’s own roster or through free agency … in other words, It’s time for Moore to retire but I expect him to hang on for one or two more seasons.

Update: Moore is out for indefinitely with a heel injury with an expected return sometime during the month of March. I didn’t realize he had that serious of an injury … that return date makes it difficult to see him being picked up this season. I do expect to see him back in the NBA next year though.

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  1. Another example of how Nellie has lost his mind. I guess he thought GSW was a playoff team? MM minutes should have been going to the young guys from the start.

  2. Hey Brothersteve,

    I don’t think age has anything to do with it … those players had already surpassed Moore.

    It was horrific to see Anthony Randolph sitting on the bench behind this guy. Far superior player (current ability) to Moore.

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