When you think of the amnesty clause you think of players who are no longer needed on a team, a player who’s over paid, a player who’s a benchwarmer, a player who’s more trouble than he’s worth, a player who doesn’t work and play hard, all of those things does not even apply to Luis Scola in even the slightest way.
For those of you who don’t really follow up on Rocket’s games and recently the Olympics, Luis Scola is one hell of a player. Scola is already 32 years of age but the upcoming season will only be his 6th in the NBA.
In the big man Scola you won’t be getting a deadly shooter, an overwhelming athlete, but instead you get a hardworking, grind it out, smart, edgy player who doesn’t back down from anyone and plays hard night in and night out.
Scola has great touch around the basketball and is an excellent scorer that has a career average of 14.5 points on 51% shooting and 7.7 rebounds. Scola is capable of dropping 25 points on any given night with his great post moves and ability to step out to knock down that 15-18 foot mid-range shot.
The Suns got Scola for great value since they claimed him off the amnesty auction, why Houston amnestied him I’m not quite sure; his production certainly was worth his price tag. Since Scola was amnestied the Suns are only paying him about 4 million a year for the next couple seasons which was the same amount they were paying Hakim Warrick; no disrespect to Hakim Warrick but Scola is twice the player he is.
What makes Scola a great fit for the Suns is that since Steve Nash and Grant Hill is no longer in purple and orange; Scola can be that veteran leader in the locker room that the Suns lack. Scola can also mentor a young Markieff Morris who tends to drift on the perimeter, and show him how to operate down on the low block.
Having a guy like Scola on your team can only be a positive thing. This guy played at a high level both internationally and in the NBA. Who knows? If all these guys gels together the Suns can maybe, just maybe(and that’s a big maybe) overachieve and sneak into the playoffs with Scola and Marcin Gortat stabilizing the Suns front court.