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Scott gives Wizards veteran experience off bench

July 9, 2017
On Sunday, the Wizards officially announced that they have signed forward Mike Scott to a contract for the 2017-18 NBA season. 

"Mike’s toughness and ability to stretch the floor make him a good addition to our frontcourt reserves,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. “His skillset fits in well with our offensive system and his tenacity fits in well with our overall team dynamic.

Scott, who turns 29 on July 16, is a Chesapeake, VA native and former University of Virginia standout. He played four-plus seasons for the Hawks before being traded to the Suns and later waived by Phoenix. Scott only played sparingly in 18 games in 2016-17 due to a knee injury.

The 6’8” forward has career shooting numbers of 33.6% from 3-point, 46.0% from the field overall, and 78.6% from the free throw line. He has come off the bench for the majority of his career and became one of the Hawks most reliable bench players from the 2013-14 through 2015-16 seasons. Coming off the bench has given him limited minutes, but Scott has averaged 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per 36 minutes in his career. 

In 2015-16, Scott’s last full season, he was an important part of the Hawks’ 48-34 team. His 95.3 Defensive Rating was 7 th in the NBA among players who played in 30 or more games. Along with this impressive defensive season, Scott made 52.5% of his 2-pointers and 39.2% of his 3-pointers. Scott made 39.4% (61/155) of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and knocked down 58-of-144 (40.3%) of his open triples that season. Last season, the Wizards shot 39.0% on catch-and-shoot triples, good for 7th in the NBA. 

Scott's ability to guard multiple positions and play as a stretch-4 defensive specialist makes him a valuable asset. The Wizards' style emphasizes defense and shooting, and Scott will give Washington another option off the bench to play alongside players like Tim Frazier, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Ian Mahinmi. 

Making sure Scott is healthy and ready to become the contributor he was in the 2015-16 season will be a priority for the Wizards. Scott was one of the league’s most consistent two-way reserves only a year ago, and the Wizards hope he can get back to that same level of play this upcoming season.

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