Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking the top 5 small forwards of the last 10 seasons

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Milwaukee Bucks: Luc Mbah a Moute
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Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks small forwards of the last 10 seasons – No. 4: Luc Mbah a Moute

It doesn’t get much better at number four either, folks. Luc Mbah a Moute also started his career in Milwaukee and actually played more games for the Bucks than any other team over the course of his 12-year career. The 35-year-old played a total of 335 games for the Bucks (started 233), but only 101 came within the 10 season window for these rankings.

I won’t lie though, the other three seasons he played with the Bucks prior to 2011-12 absolutely factored into this one because that’s how shallow the pool of small forwards is. Mbah a Moute averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game in his 101 games with the Bucks within this window. Over the course of his Bucks career, Mbah a Moute actually got relatively high on the Bucks’ all-time leaderboard. He’s 25th in both steals (301) and total rebounds (1,790) all-time for Milwaukee, there’s a fun fact for you.

Mbah a Moute is also 26th all-time in defensive win shares for the Bucks at 11.4, which is underscores what Mbah a Moute was known for in his NBA career: defense. He has always been a solid defensive stopper and ended up developing a decent 3-point shot later in his career. He last played for the Houston Rockets in 2019-20, but only for three games.

Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks small forwards of the last 10 seasons – No. 3: Mike Dunleavy

Although he was (maybe still is?) best known for being knocked on his butt by Antetokounmpo in the playoffs, Dunleavy was a relatively successful Buck before that! By relatively I mean compared to the rest of the small forwards in the last 10 seasons, and by successful, I mean actually a meaningful role.

Dunleavy played 130 games as Buck, starting only six of them, but he played around 26 minutes per game, so he was a valuable member of the team while he was here. He signed as a free agent in 2011 following the NBA lockout and, in his Bucks career, averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and two assists per game. Perhaps most impressive was that he shot 41.6 percent from three on right around four attempts a night.

He was known as a shooter when he signed with the Bucks, but his 42.8 percent 3-point percentage in the 2012-13 season was the highest of his career! In fact, that is the highest 3-point percentage of any Buck with over 250 attempts from deep ever! He may not have been with the Bucks long, but he made his limited time count.