Luis Scola looks to post up against Al Harrington
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In a surprising addition to an aggressive off season for Phoenix, the Suns have won the rights to Luis Scola. Recently amnestied by the Houston Rockets, Scola wanted to go to a team where he could play right away. At 32 years old, the crafty Argentine finished his previous campaign with averages of 15.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Add to those numbers the fact that Scola has been slightly injury prone over his NBA career, and you have a good risk-reward acquisition by the Suns.
Forward Luis Scola, in a Home Game Against the Suns
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Being a Suns fan, I have to say that this was an impressive move by the Suns. For the last few years, Phoenix has watched Amare Stoudemire walk away, its record sink year after year, and the recent departure of Steve Nash. If there’s anything being starved for by Suns fans, it was change. The Suns had tried to load with players such as Vince Carter, Shannon Brown, and Marcin Gortat to try to convince Nash to stay for one more year and lead the team to a big season. Anyone could have seen how unlikely that outcome was, given the lack of any real quality supporting cast, so this was a futile effort.
With that being said, the Suns’ acquisition of Scola was another sign that GM Lon Babby was serious about making changes. In the trade that brought Vince Carter to Phoenix, the Suns also aqcuired Marcin Gortat. Gortat ended up having a career year (15.4 ppg, 10 rpg). Channing Frye, a skilled big man with a good stroke from outside was also signed to a 5 year, $30 million contract. The Suns also had two solid drafts, picking up Markieff Morris in 2011 and Kendall Marshall in 2012. All in all, the Suns look to be heading in the right direction, at last letting go of the Nash-Amare-Marion era. Scola is an internationally tested power forward (has started regularly for Argentina’s nation team) with NBA caliber skills. He fits very well in a system that rewards mobile, multifaceted big men.
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