The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed restricted free-agent Mike Scott to a three-year contract worth $10 million and includes a team option for the third year. The PF had a breakout season for Atlanta, for he dramatically increased his stats and consistency as compared to his rookie season. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game last season.
The former Virginia Cavalier is one of the most athletic players for Atlanta. He has a vertical leap that seems to just float off the ground, and he can drive home a dunk with the best of them. Scott has also developed into a piercing passer below the hoop, for he can sling the ball out to the perimeter around the back of defenders with ease and flash. He’s also developed a three-ball in which he shot over 30 percent this past season, and he only took one shot behind the arc in his rookie year.
Scott certainly has a lot of potential for his game on the court, but he brings something to the Hawks that can’t be recorded in numbers: his personality, presence and passion. Scott is constantly seen smiling and picking his guys up when they’re down. He’s like the class clown back in high school who the teachers loathe, but his classmates love. The Hawks greatly benefit from having a guy on the team with such personality in the locker room, for he adds a certain lightness to the room even in dire situations. The guy even has his favorite emojis tattooed on his arms — which is uniquely awesome.
Scott’s personality is only surpassed by his passion for the game and his teammates. This level of intensity was exhibited in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs this past season when Indiana Pacers guard George Hill was mouthing off at a Hawks player and Scott was not going to let it slide. He got up in the face of Hill and let him know he didn’t appreciate his antics. That fire is something the Hawks desperately desire, especially off the bench.
Scott increased his stock tremendously last year and certainly earned this extension with the Hawks. He provides Atlanta with a great option in the frontcourt who is very versatile in many ways. Scott can defend down low, and offensively, he has the ability to slide outside for a three and function as a stretch-four guy. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has been very instrumental in his growth over the past season. He has seen the spark in Scott and gave him more opportunities and really encouraged him to develop behind the arc.
The Hawks were able to re-sign a very valuable asset at a highly economical cost. This is a dual win for Atlanta and Scott, for he brings a plethora of pluses to the team. The players, coaches and fans love him, and as he said on twitter:
Glad to be back ✊. #404
— Mike Scott (@mikescott) August 2, 2014
Hawks Nation and area code 404 is glad to have kept you.