Mikki Moore: Career Journeyman No More

Mikki Moore's NBA journey has been a long one but he's making the best of a great opportunity in New Jersey. Inside we take a look at the former Blacksburg High School star as he's currently helping the Nets in the first round of the playoffs versus the Toronto Raptors.

It's taken quite a long time but former Blacksburg High star Mikki Moore has finally found what looks to be a home in New Jersey. This season has been his best yet in the NBA and the South Carolina native has answered the call for the Nets.

Moore's career thus far has been the ultimate journey as he's bounced from team to team trying to make a solid foundation. Moore's length and athleticism have always been something coaches and GM's have been enticed by but finding a chance for playing time and the right system have not been on his side. That potential has bounced him around the NBA as he's played for 7 teams in his career already. That all may have changed now with his run with the Nets this year.

This year Moore is averaging career highs across the board as coach Lawrence Frank has given Moore a chance to start a great deal of this season (55 starts in 79 games). Moore's versatility and defense have made a great complement to the scoring of Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson while Jason Kidd continues to shine as one of the game's premier floor generals in his latter years.

Moore averaged 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and almost a block per game during the regular season. With the Nets currently engaged in a heated battle with the Toronto Raptors in a first round playoff matchup Moore's role hasn't changed much in this series. Matched against Toronto star Chris Bosh, Moore has been the primary defender against the fast rising star in Bosh. The Nets are double-teaming Bosh early and often but Moore's length and athleticism is something Bosh is clearly not accustomed to matching up with on a nightly basis. Bosh averaged 22 points a game during the regular season but Moore's defense along with help from his teammates has held Bosh to just 16 points in the first round playoff series.

With Game 6 set to take place in New Jersey tonight and the Nets sitting on a 3-2 lead we'll see if Moore and company can close the door on the upstart Raptors and make it to the second round.

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