The month of January hasn’t treated the Idaho Stampede too kindly, they have managed only two wins out of eight games thus far, and are en route to the east coast for their remaining two. However, a bright spot within the lineup has emerged recently, and even earned a mention from the D-League’s official website as a top performer of the week. Mikki Moore chalked up consecutive 19 point, 11 rebound performances in the Stampede’s last two outings against the Austin Toros. His play, and overall court presence, has surely helped bring a positive energy to the team that sits currently at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Born Clinton Renard Moore, but nicknamed Mikki (MY-Key) when his affinity for “Life” cereal was discovered as a child, Moore still plays the game with the energy of a young recreational league baller. He is a 7-footer who can be easily described as gangly, but he uses it to his advantage on the court. Moore’s dreadlocks seem impossible to contain under his headband, with his constant hustle on the court, and willingness to be involved on nearly every play. What drew my attention to Moore during a recent visit to Century Link Arena, was his jovial spirit during the game. You get the sense he is playing for the love of the game still, and is happy to be logging quality hardwood minutes.
Moore is the definition of an NBA journeyman having suited up for eight different squads. The 12-year NBA veteran started the 2011-2012 NBA season in the Memphis Grizzlies’ training camp. The Idaho Stampede acquired Moore January 9, and his addition to the Stampede’s lineup has given them a legit 7-foot presence. He is the second all-time leader in blocks for the University of Nebraska, and he has been able to continue using his ability to redirect the rock for the Stampede. In his 5 games with Idaho he is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. If the Stampede want any chance of playing this postseason, they will need Mikki Moore to continue his excellent play.