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Luis Scola
Luis Scola
Scola playing for the Suns.
Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born April 30, 1980 (1980-04-30) (age 39)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality: Argentina Flag Argentine
Listed height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
Career information
Pre-draft team Tau Ceramica (Argentina)
NBA Draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick:56
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Career 1995–present (24 years)
Career history
Years Team
1995–1998 Ferro Carril Oeste (Argentina)
1998–2007 Tau Ceramica (Spain)]
1998–1999 → Gijón Baloncesto (Spain 2nd)
1999–2000 → Gijón Baloncesto (Spain)
20072012 Houston Rockets
2012–2013 Phoenix Suns
20132015 Indiana Pacers
2015–2016 Toronto Raptors
2016–2017 Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
  • Spanish League Rookie of the Year (2000)
  • FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship MVP (2000)
  • Spanish Supercup MVP (2005)
  • 2× Spanish League MVP (2005, 2007)
  • All-Euroleague Second Team (2005)
  • 2× All-Euroleague First Team (2006, 2007)
  • 3× FIBA Americas Championship MVP (2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 2010 FIBA World Championship All-Tournament Team

Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa (born April 30, 1980, in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine professional basketball player who plays at Power Forward and last played for the Brooklyn Nets. He formerly was a Euroleague star with the ACB's Saski Baskonia. He has dual citizenship: Argentine and Spanish.[1]

Professional career

Argentina

Scola started his career with the Buenos Aires youth teams of Ferro Carril Oeste. He made his professional debut with the same club's pro team in the Argentine league during the 1995-96 season.

Euroleague

Cabitel Gijón

After the 1997-98 basketball season in the Argentine League, Scola moved to Spain where he helped the then Spanish League Second Division club Cabitel Gijón achieve promotion to the Spanish League First Division. He then signed with Saski Baskonia, but was loaned back to Gijón through the 1999-2000 season before arriving at Baskonia, where he played for seven seasons.

Saski Baskonia

With Saski Baskonia, Scola reached the Euroleague final in the 2000-01 season and three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours between 2005 and 2007. His outstanding performances earned him an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in 2005, as well as two All-Euroleague First Team selections in 2006 and 2007.

Although Scola did not manage to win the Euroleague championship with Baskonia, he did win with them every major Spanish League title, winning a Spanish ACB League championship in 2002, 3 Spanish Cups in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 3 Spanish Supercups in 2005, 2006, 2007.

NBA career

In the summer of 2005, the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (who drafted Scola in 2002) attempted to negotiate with Baskonia to buy out his contract. After initially throwing around numbers as large as $1.5 million, Baskonia eventually settled on a still higher number of over $3 million for the contract. This made it difficult for Scola to join fellow Argentina national team member Manu Ginóbili in San Antonio because of the NBA's rule which limits teams to paying no more than $500,000 of a player's buyout.[2] Scola would have been responsible for paying Baskonia the remaining $2.5 million. When the deal to buy out Scola's contract fell through, the Spurs instead signed an Argentine national team teammate and friend of Scola's Fabricio Oberto.

Houston Rockets

On July 12, 2007, the Spurs traded the rights to Scola, along with center-forward Jackie Butler, to the Houston Rockets in return for Vassilis Spanoulis, a future second-round draft pick, and cash considerations. He signed with the Rockets soon after[3] and his sticky buyout situation was resolved a few days later.[4] Scola signed a three-year contract with the Rockets, at a salary of $9.5 million.

Scola placed third in the NBA 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award voting[5] and he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. On March 13, 2010, he scored a career high 44 points against the New Jersey Nets.

ArgeAtine national basketball team

With Argentina's junior national teams, Scola won the gold medal at the 1995 South American Cadet Championship, the gold medal at the 1996 South American Junior Championship, the gold medal at the 2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship, and the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship.

As a member of the senior Argentine national team, Scola has won numerous medals: the silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship, the bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA Americas Championship, the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, the silver medal at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament, the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament, and the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Scola broke two Argentine records at World Championships during the 2010 edition: top overall scorer (beating Ernesto Gehrmann's 331 points)[6] and most points in one game (scoring 37 against Brazil on the round of 16, therefore beating Alberto Desimone's 35 against Mexico in 1963).[7]

Titles and medals

Club level

Argentine national team

Awards

Club level

Argentine national team

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Houston 82 39 24.7 .515 .000 .668 6.4 1.3 .7 .2 10.3
2008–09 Houston 82 82 30.3 .531 .000 .760 8.8 1.5 .8 .1 12.7
2009–10 Houston 82 82 32.6 .514 .200 .779 8.6 2.1 .8 .3 16.2
2010–11 Houston 74 74 32.6 .504 .000 .738 8.2 2.5 .6 .6 18.3
2011–12 Houston 66 66 31.3 .491 .000 .773 6.5 2.1 .5 .4 15.5
2012–13 Phoenix 82 67 26.6 .473 .188 .787 6.6 2.2 .8 .4 12.8
Career 468 410 29.6 .504 .121 .750 7.5 1.9 .7 .3 14.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Houston 6 6 36.7 .448 .000 .686 9.3 1.3 .7 .2 14.0
2008–09 Houston 13 13 32.6 .494 .000 .673 8.4 1.8 .5 .2 14.4
Career 19 19 33.9 .480 .000 .679 8.7 1.6 .6 .2 14.3

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