Luis Scola: Analyzing Impact Big Man Will Have on Phoenix Suns

Oren FriedmanCorrespondent IIJuly 15, 2012

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In acquiring forward Luis Scola via amnesty auction, the Phoenix Suns have already done a lot to bolster a porous frontcourt. 

Pairing Scola alongside center Marcin Gortat will give opposing defenses fits, as the Suns will look to their big men to generate most of the team’s offense. 

On a young team that is likely lottery bound, here is what Scola can provide in the Valley of the Sun.


Consistency on the Block 

Scola does most of his dirty work in the paint. 

He can make a short jump hook with either hand and has the footwork to get easy baskets. At just 6’9”, Scola is undersized at power forward, but he makes up for it with his clever play. 

The Argentine is also capable of knocking down the open jump shot, hitting 49.1 percent of his shots last season. With a career true shooting percentage of 54.6, Scola should be able to find his stroke in Phoenix next season. 

With a devastating drop step and sound dribbling skills, Scola could be the No. 1 option for the Suns in 2012-13. 


Interior Toughness 

Scola does not stuff the stat sheet on defense, but he is a hard-nosed defender who can give opposing big men trouble.

A sturdy frame of 245 pounds gives Scola the strength to push around other big guys in the trenches.

While he may struggle against lanky big men like Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, Scola is ideal for defending shorter fours like DeMarcus Cousins on the block.

Playing with Gortat could give the Suns a formidable front line. Both are tough, strong players that are not afraid to step up and take the charge.

With solid box-out skills, Scola should be among the team’s leading rebounders next season. 


Someone to Defend 

If Phoenix decides to run the offense through Scola, then the Suns could surprise the league with their efficiency

Although last season’s numbers were a dip from his 2010-11 campaign, Scola still has the game to abuse opposing defenses. 

Putting him at the high post opposite Gortat could be what recently acquired point guard Goran Dragic needs to run an effective offense.

Scola is a willing passer and should also find cutting guards open for easy layups.

Most importantly, however, opposing defenses will be unable to sag off of Scola. His offensive game requires some defensive accountability from opposing teams.

All in all, Scola’s skill set could have Phoenix among the winners of this offseason’s free agency.