Luis Scola Will Need To Be Key Force For Phoenix Suns Next Season

By John Raffel
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Players like Luis Scola of the Phoenix Suns had to be smiling when Alex Len was picked up by their team in Thursday’s NBA draft. Scola is a 6-9 forward and seven-year pro who knows full well that if the Suns are to get back to contention for an NBA playoff spot, they’re going to have to do it with defense.

The Suns may need to do more than just draft Len to send a message that they’re going to have a very profitable offseason and get ready for a successful 2013-14 campaign. It’s going to take more than just Len’s presence to improve from last year’s 25-57 record.

Scola had a good season for the Suns next year and hopefully is setting up a strong offseason summer plan to get ready for 2013-14 in impressive fashion. He averaged 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. His 3-point shooting was not good but his shooting from the floor remains a decent 48.2 percent. His numbers are down slightly from just his career totals of 14.2 points and 7.5 assists a game.

When a team goes 25-57, its best players don’t always play consistent. Scola was very impressive in the final days of the regular season and showed the Suns that he could be a key player for them. In the second to last game, in a 119-112 win over the Houston Rockets, he was 11-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-5 in free throws for 26 points and 15 rebounds. He had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the last game of the regular season against the Denver Nuggets.

Put that type of play from Scola alongside Len and this is a Suns team that would be worth watching.

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