After he was designated as the Houston Rockets’ amnesty player and waived on July 13, the Suns submitted the winning bid and were awarded Scola on July 15, 2012... In his sixth NBA season, first with Phoenix, and first outside of Houston, he averaged 12.8 points (2nd-team), 6.6 rebounds (2nd-team) and 2.2 assists in 26.6 minutes in 82 games (67 starts)... Played a full slate of games for the fifth time in six career seasons (82 in 2007-08, 82 in 2008-09, 82 in 2009-10, 66 in 2011-12), and has played 468 of a possible 476 (.983) career games... Was 1 of 2 Suns’ players to play in all 82 games in 2012-13... Produced in whatever role he was asked to; started season’s first 11 games (Oct. 31-Nov. 17), came off the bench in the next 11 contests (Nov. 21-Dec. 9), re-joined starting lineup on Dec. 12, returned to bench for four games beginning March 15, started the season’s final 13 games... In 67 games as a starter, averaged 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while averaging 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in a reserve role... Shot better from the field as a reserve (49.3 percent compared to 46.8 percent)... 45 double-digit scoring efforts in 67 starts, 10 in 15 reserve appearances... In his Suns’ debut on Oct. 31, became just the 11th player in franchise history to record a double-double in his first game as a Sun, the first since Stephon Marbury in 2001-02, and the first 15-point, 10-rebound debut since Tom Gugliotta in 1999... Opened the season with at least 13 points and seven rebounds in four-straight games, his longest streak since Jan. 27-Feb. 7, 2010... 55 double-digit scoring efforts overall, including 12 20-point efforts and one 30-point game, the ninth of his career... Nine 20-point efforts in the season’s final 52 games after recording three in the first 30 contests... 15 double-doubles overall, including one points/assists double-double, the first of his career... Four 20-10 games, including one 30-10 effort... 16 double-digit rebounding efforts, one double-digit assist game... Dec. 17, recorded a career-high 10 assists... Recorded two games of nine or more assists after never having previously tallied more than seven in his NBA career (386 games, 2007-12)... Best game as a Sun came Dec. 29 at Minnesota when he scored a season-best 33 points en route to his sixth career 30-10 game... Dec. 29-Jan. 2, recorded three-straight 20-point efforts, matching the second-longest streak of his career, longest since Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2011.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
2007-08 NBA All-Rookie Team... Western Conference Rookie of the Month, Feb. 2008... Participated in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge as both a rookie (2008) and sophomore (2009). CAREER NOTES:
Six-year NBA veteran owns career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 468 games (410 starts) with the Suns (2012-13) and Houston Rockets (2007-12)... Has averaged 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 82 games (67 starts) as a member of the Suns... Selected by San Antonio in the second round (56th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft; draft rights acquired by Houston along with Jackie Butler from San Antonio on July 12, 2007, in exchange for Vassilis Spanoulis, a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and other considerations... Signed with Houston on July 17, 2007... Signed a multi-year contract with Houston on July 21, 2010... Designated as the Rockets’ amnesty player and waived on July 13, 2012; Phoenix subsequently submitted the winning bid and was awarded Scola on July 15, 2012... Since entering the NBA, has appeared in 468 of a possible 476 regular season games (.983)... Has played a full slate of regular season games in five of six NBA seasons... Played in a career-best 311 consecutive regular season games (Oct. 30, 2007-March 7, 2011)... Owns 101 career 20-point performances (single-season career-high 32 in 2010-11), including nine efforts of 30 or more (single-season career-high four in 2010-11)... Best career scoring game and lone career 40-point effort is a 44-point performance on March 13, 2010 (Houston vs. New Jersey)... Owns 115 career double-doubles (single-season career-high 32 in 2009-10)... 10 career 20-point, 15-rebound games... One 20-point, 20-rebound game, a 25-point, career-high 21-rebound game March 6, 2010, at Minnesota... One of 11 NBA players who averaged at least 15.0 points and 6.5 boards from 2009-12 (LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Al Jefferson, David Lee, Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol)...Consecutive playoff appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09... Helped the Rockets to a 58-24 record over the first 82 starts of his career, a record that would match the best regular season mark in Houston history... Part of a Rockets team that won 22 consecutive games, second-most in NBA history, in 2007-08... Scored in double figures in a career-best 30 consecutive games from Nov. 6, 2010-Jan. 3, 2011... Recorded a career-best six consecutive 20-point performances from March 6-17, 2010... Made a career-best 39 consecutive free throws from Feb. 20-March 9, 2010... Made all 14 free throw attempts Feb. 26, 2010, setting acareer best for makes without a miss in a single game... Game-winning layup with 11.9 seconds remaining on March 22, 2009, at San Antonio... Earned 2008 All-Rookie Team honors after ranking fifth in scoring average, second in rebounding average and first in field goal percentage among qualified rookies.
OLYMPICS: Three-time Olympian (2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London)... Helped the Argentinean National Team secure the nation’s first Olympic gold medal in basketball at the 2004 Olympic Games; averaged 17.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in Athens... Bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he averaged 18.9 points... As a member of the Argentinian National Team, averaged 18.0 points at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London... Only Australia’s Patty Mills, American Kevin Durant, teammate Manu Ginobili and Spain’s Pau Gasol averaged more points at the Games... Shot 52.8 percent overall from the field... Attempted 51 free throws in the tournament, a number topped by only Russia’s Andrei Kirilenko... WORLD/AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Led Argentina to its second title at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011, earning FIBA Americas MVP and All-Tournament Team honors (tournament-high 21.4-point scoring average) ... Participated with Argentina in the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey (tournament-high 27.1-point scoring average)... Led Argentina to a bronze medal in the FIBA Americas Championship 2009, garnering MVP honors (tournament-high 23.3-point scoring average)... Guided Argentina to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, earning tournament MVP accolades (19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds)... Won a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships, a gold medal at the 2001 Americas Championship and a silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship... PROFESSIONAL: Played two professional seasons in Argentina with Ferrocaril Oeste before making the jump to Spain with Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria and Gijon Baloncesto... Played with Tau Ceramica for seven seasons (2000-07)... All-Euroleague First Team two times (2005-06, 2006-07) and selected once to the All-Euroleague Second Team (2004-05)... Earned Euroleague December MVP (2006-07)... Two-time Spanish League Regular Season MVP (2004-05, 2006-07)... 2003 Spanish League All-Star... 1999-2000 Spanish League Rookie of the Year... Won the 2001-02 Spanish National Championship, captured the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Spanish National Cup (King’s Cup), and won the 2005 and 2006 Spanish SuperCup. PLAYOFFS:
2008-09: Started all 13 of Houston’s playoff games... Scored in double digits in 12 of the 13 contests, scoring 9 in the lone non double digit game... Scored a playoff career-high 24 points on 10-17 shooting vs. the Lakers on 5/14... On the boards, he pulled in a playoff career-high 14 boards against the Lakers on 5/10... That rebound performance was the 2nd of 4 straight double digit rebound performances (5/8, 5/10, 5/12, 5/14)... It was also the second straight double-double, part of 4 straight double-doubles during same time period... Finished playoffs averaging 14.4ppg, 8.4rpg,1.8apg while shooting .494 in 32.6mpg... 2007-08: In his first career playoff appearance, he averaged 14.0ppg and 9.3rpg in 6 games (6 starts) on .448 shooting... In his first playoff game, he posted 14 points and 13 rebounds... It was his first career playoff double-double and one of three in the six playoff games that season... Scored double digit points 5 of the 6 games.