With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
The Clippers front office made a number of moves in the offseason, with a busy draft and several trades highlighting the summer. One of the key additions was rangy forward Mike Scott, who enjoyed a renaissance season with the Washington Wizards in 2017-18.
Scott, a 6-foot-8 forward, serves as the prototypical No. 4 in the modern NBA. He boasts the foot speed to switch and guard out on the perimeter while possessing the ability to play inside. Additionally, he can capably shoot three-pointers.
Scott will serve as a key backup for Danilo Gallinari, and he can step in and play major minutes if the Clippers suffer any injuries in the frontcourt. A six-year veteran, Scott averaged 8.8 PPG and 3.3 RPG in 76 appearances. He played 18.5 minutes a night and shot 40.5 percent from behind the arc.
When the Clippers ran their offense around Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul, the team struggled to shoot from distance. The new Clippers, however, have added considerable perimeter shooting to evolve in today’s pace-and-space game. Scott will be pivotal in that transition.
During the offseason, Scott emphasized his desire to play for head coach Doc Rivers, and he also said he was looking forward to reuniting with Lou Williams. The Clippers offer Scott a significant opportunity, too.
“It’ll be the same role I had with Washington, make shots, come off the bench, play with a lot of energy, get buckets,” Scott told the LA Times. “It’ll be to push people around, have fun and compete. … Definitely guard different positions. That’s what the NBA is turning to.”
Scott joins Marcin Gortat as another Washington Wizards' rotation player from 2017-18 to join the Clippers this offseason.
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