Mike Scott played during the preseason like he means serious business this season for the Atlanta Hawks.
If that turns out to be the case, the Hawks are going to be in excellent shape with their personnel. Scott saw action in seven games with one start and saw some quality minutes. He averaged 18.7 minutes, 12.0 points and 3.1 rebounds a game while shooting 41.7 percent in 3-pointers, 61.8 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent in free throws.
Scott’s shooting abilities and scoring potential is what has the Hawks encouraged about his potential for the season. He was the 43rd pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but he has had to fight hard for a roster spot each season.
Scott entered this season determined to be in shape to make huge contributions for the Hawks. He is 15 pounds lighter this season and he has broader shoulders. Playing last year for the Hawks in 40 games at about 9.5 minutes per game, Scott averaged 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per outing. This season, they’re looking for him to add more scoring power at his forward spot.
It’s a matter of Scott earning enough floor time to show the Hawks what he can do. So far, he’s showing signs of being a bench player who can give the Hawks key minutes and some critical points while the starters are being rested. His outside shot has shown great improvement this season. During the preseason, he led his team in scoring against the Miami Heat with 13 points and against the Charlotte Bobcats with 19 points.
He will likely have a huge impact for the Hawks from off the bench.
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