October 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Mike Scott (32) poses for a portrait during media day at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: Mike Scott

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Mar 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Mike Scott (23) is defended by North Carolina State Wolfpack forward Richard Howell (1) as moves to the basket in the second half during the quarter-finals of the 2012 ACC Men

While John Jenkins will undoubtedly be the rookie stud on the Hawks roster this season, second rounder Mike Scott could very well prove to be a crafty and opportunistic prospect for Atlanta’s front court immediately.

The five-year Virginia product doesn’t exactly give you a wow factor, but despite being undersized, he’s an absolute beast on the offensive glass and an extremely versatile scorer.

According to DraftExpress, Scott’s per 40 minutes pace adjusted averages came out to a staggering 24.6 points and 11.8 rebounds, as well as an exceedingly efficient true shooting percentage of 63%.

Perhaps the best part of Scott’s game is his awareness, he seems extremely decisive with the ball in his hands and never appears restless just playing within the flow of the offense. This could truly be a valuable asset to the Hawks secondary unit, as Scott could potentially orchestrate the Hawks half court offensive sets through his ability to face up and see plays developing.

In the video below, you can get a small dose of Scott’s sweet stroke which could really stretch defenses in pick and roll situations, as well as the tireless work ethic that led him through two ankle surgeries on his way to the pros.

We can only hope Scott’s ankle holds up going forward, because while he may never be a star, he has the kind of resilience and skill set that can help build the foundation for the Hawks new direction.

 

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