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NBA Draft 2012: Atlanta Hawks Select Mike Scott


Bio: From

*Great rebounder
*Can score in the post and face up

*Doesn’t have prototypical NBA size

NBA projection:
Scott will need to impress in individual workouts to work his way into the draft. He’s not the greatest athlete and he’s undersized for a power forward, but other players fitting that description have found their way into the NBA and forged decent careers. Scott is a versatile scorer, loves to rebound and has a high motor, so even if he gets to an NBA team via free agency, he’ll compete for a roster spot.

2011-12 Season:
Scott put together his best season, earning various All-America honors and being chosen first-team All-ACC. He led the ACC in field-goal percentage and was second in scoring, fifth in rebounding and seventh in free-throw percentage.

Key statistics:
18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.1 tpg, 0.7 spg, 0.5 bpg, 31.2 mpg, .563 FG, .300 3PT, .808 FT

Cool statistic:
Scott was chosen the ACC’s player of the week four times this season, the most in school history. Even Ralph Sampson (1982-83) earned league POW honors just three times in a season.

Reminds me of:
Paul Millsap

Quick Thought:

Like Jenkins before him, looks to be a solid pick that fills a need without being the sexy pick we were hoping for. Let's hope he and Jenkins wow us on the court.

Experts say:

Draft Express:

After redshirting his senior year due to an injury, power forwardMike Scottfaced major questions on how his surgically repaired ankle would hold up. Scott suffered flare ups on the ankle that caused him to miss preseason scrimmages against Vanderbilt and Baylor, but hasn't missed a game this season and is a leading candidate for ACC player of the year honors.

Scott, who will be nearly 24 by the time of the draft, is having the best season of his career, both from an individual and team perspective. While his per-game stats are somewhat misleading due to the extremely slow pace (339th of 345 teams in the NCAA) Virginia plays at, the 6'8" big man has posted averages of 24.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per 40 minute pace adjusted, while scoring at an extremely efficient clip with a true shooting percentage of 63%.

Scott has turned himself into an extremely polished and versatile offensive option, capable of scoring both in the post and when facing up. Scott's post-up game, while not overly advanced due to his average size and girth, is very effective.

From DraftExpress.com