Scott Gives Hawks Another Stretch Forward
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The Hawks have re-signed power forward Mike Scott (per team policy, contract details were not released). Scott excelled under Coach Mike Budenholzer and made major strides in his second season in the NBA to become an important role player for Atlanta.
He averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game coming off the bench for the Hawks in 18.5 minutes per game. He spent his summer getting in better shape and expanding his range to play more on the perimeter, and it paid off for him in a big way.
Off the bench, Scott became one of the Hawks’ primary offensive weapons with the second unit, and he excelled in the pick-and-pop game. Scott shot 31 percent from three-point range on the season and 48.4 percent on long twos (16 feet to the three point line). His ability to space the floor made him a valuable commodity for Coach Bud and earned him a significant role as one of the first bigs off the bench.
Bringing Scott back gives Atlanta a lot of frontcourt depth for what figures to be a very tight competition for minutes. Scott joins first round pick Adreian Payne, Pero Antic and Mike Muscala as the bench unit behind All-Star Paul Millsap and the returning Al Horford. All six Hawks frontcourt players have the ability to step outside and knockdown perimeter shots as well as run the floor in transition, and with the way Coach Bud likes to space the floor and push the pace, it makes sense that the Hawks have tailored their roster to fit those desires.
Story by Robby Kalland