The Atlanta Hawks have a ton of talent in their frontcourt heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. Not only do they have a potential All-Star in Al Horford, but they also added the vastly underrated Paul Millsap in free agency to start at the power forward this season.
More than that, the Hawks have also added Pero Antic, Gustavo Ayon and veteran Elton Brand to fill out their rotation. Atlanta definitely has one of the deepest frontcourts in the league and has a lot of talent that they’ll be throwing into the post in the upcoming year. However, their additions this summer may also bury Mike Scott on the bench.
As a rookie last season, Scott didn’t get much of an opportunity. He played in just 40 games for the Hawks and played only 9.4 minutes per game. In his limited time, though, he did put up impressive numbers, averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field.
At the Las Vegas Summer League this year, Scott really shined for the Hawks. In five games he averaged 18.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and one assist in 27.4 minutes per game while shooting a solid 46.2 percent from the floor.
Though Scott has some solid potential in this league, but he’s probably not going to get many chances to realize it this season. Millsap is likely going to be ahead of him in the rotation and it seems like Brand will probably take the backup power forward duties up. Unless Scott can prove himself further in training camp and the preseason, he might not get the opportunities he needs to become an effective NBA player.