One of the biggest moves the Phoenix Suns made this past off-season was to sign power forward Luis Scola, who had played all five of his seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. Scola was brought in to help anchor Phoenix’s frontcourt with Marcin Gortat. However, signing Scola to a three-year $13 million contract has yielded very little results for the Suns.
In his last three seasons with Houston, Scola averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and shot 50.4 percent from the field. That’s really the type of production that the Suns were hoping to add to their roster when the signed the 32-year old Argentinian. They’ve gotten far from that type of production, however.
With Phoenix this year, Scola has averaged just 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and has shot just 46.6 percent from the field. That field-goal percentage is the lowest of his career. His points and rebounds per game averages are his lowest since his first year in the league in the 2007-2008 season.
One of the biggest issues that Scola has had this season is with his consistency. His longest streak of games with double-digit points this season is just four games. He’s had a troubling tendency to play a couple of solid games and then play a slew of wildly disappointing games. Every player is going to have games where they struggle, but the Suns probably weren’t expecting Scola to have as many as he has, and as frequently as he’s had them.
Another strange and concerning trend that has developed this season is that Scola has taken 12 3-point attempts this season. He’s also only made one of them. That’s way less than one attempt per game, but considering that he had only taken 17 total 3-pointers over his previous five seasons, it stands out. He’s obviously not a solid 3-point shooter, so why would he take as many attempts as he has this year?
The 12 attempts from beyond the arc seem to be indicative of the real problem with Scola — he seems incredibly disinterested on the floor. Maybe part of it is that Phoenix is one of the worst teams in the league. Maybe part of it is that he’s 32-years old and his skills are declining.
Whatever the reason is, Scola hasn’t been the player that Phoenix expected him to be. Just add him to the Suns’ long list of disappointments this year.