Washington Wizards sign free agent power forward Mike Scott

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The Washington Wizards have signed free agent power forward Mike Scott to a league minimum deal. Scott has played his whole career with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Washington Wizards have signed free agent power forward Mike Scott to a league minimum deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter. The deal should be worth around $1.7M as that is the league minimum for a player with five years of experience.

Scott has played his entire career with the Atlanta Hawks, primarily as a backup, never averaging more than 18.5 minutes per game in a single season.

Scott was drafted out of the University of Virginia in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft as the 43rd pick of that draft. Scott played well at Virginia, averaging a double-double during his junior year there with 15.9 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game.

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During his senior season at the University of Virginia, Scott averaged 18 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and shot 56.3% from the floor.

Scott’s college success has somewhat translated to the NBA. While he’s never been given the chance to be a full-time starter, he’s shown to be a solid reserve player off the bench.

During his second season in the NBA, Scott had his highest average minutes per game, at 18.5, and subsequently had his best statistical season to date, averaging 9.6 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and shooting 47.9% from the floor.

This past season with the Hawks was the worst season of his career so far, but also the season that saw him get the least amount of playing time, as he only averaged 10.8 minutes per game and with that, averaged just 2.5 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game, shooting just 28.8% from the floor.

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More than likely, this is just a depth move for the Washington Wizards, as they’re looking for another power forward on the bench. As of now, the primary backup to Markieff Morris will be Jason Smith, with Chris McCullough and Daniel Ochefu as options as well. Adding Scott throws another solid reserve player into that mix.