Atlanta Hawks: Rookie draft pick Mike Scott signs contract

The Hawks today signed rookie forward Mike Scott, their second-round pick in the June draft.

Scott signed a two-year contract for the minimum salary that includes some guarantees, according to Hawks GM Danny Ferry. The minimum salary for 2012-13 is $473,604.

“Mike will be on the team this year,” Ferry wrote in a text message.

Today is the deadline for teams to at least extend a required tender to second-round draft picks in order to retain their rights.

Scott, 24, was the No. 43 overall draft pick and Atlanta’s second selection behind guard John Jenkins. Scott figures to benefit from the Hawks’ efforts to strengthen their player-development program but he’s not projected to play much in 2012-13.

When the Hawks drafted Scott, GM Danny Ferry said he’s strictly a power forward. That means Scott is slotted behind Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Ivan Johnson, Jordan Williams and perhaps Johan Petro in the frontcourt rotation.

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Najeh Davenpoop

September 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

Championship!

CSP

September 6th, 2012
3:53 pm

MsDee

September 6th, 2012
3:59 pm

lol..finally a blog back!!

Tosh Norfair

September 6th, 2012
4:09 pm

So does this mean he is just a camp invite or that he is definitely apart of the team? We are getting close to the 15 player number and with the rumblings of Tolliver, and Anderson plus no movement with Ivan are we to assume that this might in fact be out opening day roster?

gdg73

September 6th, 2012
4:11 pm

This is going to be a long season. Tyreke Evans, James Harden, or anybody in the summer of 2013. Heck, trade for Rudy Gay now.

soullrenaissance

September 6th, 2012
4:20 pm

WE WANT IVAN! WE WANT IVAN! WE WANT IVAN! shoot – develope him dag gommit!

Michael Cunningham

September 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

blog updates with Ferry saying Scott’s deal includes guarantees.

Ray

September 6th, 2012
4:24 pm

I think most old heads on this blog now can agree we can finally be patience with this team it took awhile, but I feel better than I use to.

After the 3rd time we went back to the playoffs(horrible loss to the Magic and Joe Contract situation) it was like UGGHGHGHHGHGH!!! When is the season over basically.

Now I’m just happy to take it one day at a time because I feel like we got one thing we’re missing stability.

If Danny Ferry can rid us of Larry Drew(or he does the unthinkable and actually coach), and get us some good draft picks.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

Bad draft pick and bad signing. Hawks just love undersized power forwards. I think Blatche, Benson or Ivan would have been better.

PG-Teague
SG-Morrow
SF-Smoove
PF-Horford
C-Zaza

Bench

PG-Devin Harris
SG-Lou Williams
SF-Stevenson
PF-Mike Scott
C-Petro

Korver, Jenkins

On the Bubble – Ivan, Benson, Jordan Williams, James Anderson

terrell

September 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

I actually like Mike Scott. No way I play Petro, or possibly even Zaza at pf of this kid. lol.

Sautee

September 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

I’ll be stunned if Ferry is through dealing before the season. I still think he’ll trade for a SF. We’ll see, I guess.

pointguardslim

September 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

Co-sign Clyde. Kyle O’ Quinn. A physical rugged PF/C with 7′5 length (close to Elton Brand) was available. Wait and see but this guy is on a 2 year deal because he lacks defense and inside game.

He’s a power forward with no power. no defense.no length to block or rebound or even try to contest and alter shots at all. He can shoot the sh*t out of the rock but if he cant defend he’s giving it all back on defense. Based on what we saw from Summer League
I feel we missed out on a real gem in O’Quinn.

Alright now go prove me wrong Mike Scott! Now what did Rakim say? Oh yeah. Peace.

BC

September 6th, 2012
6:10 pm

Must say, Sautee, you are so right since we don’t have a starting Small F.

BC

September 6th, 2012
6:18 pm

And for all you disillusioned Smooth Josh fanatic’s,get over it. Smith will never be a sf. sf.

Slimjr

September 6th, 2012
6:23 pm

Danny, bring back Ivan! You need tough minded interior POWERFUL defensive players.

IVAN FOR PRESIDENT

Slimjr

September 6th, 2012
6:31 pm

BC, if some folks had their way they would move All NBA to the 4 slot and move Josh to the 3?

I do not believe they would call themselves Josh fanatic’s? Hmmmmmmmm

UGA

September 6th, 2012
7:35 pm

Some names on the trade front in which we could flip Stevenson and Jordan Williams for……..Austin Daye, Travis Outlaw, Corey Brewer, Dunleavey. This would work salary wise. I see Sam Young signed with the Pacers. Pietrus is still out there…………

Just Joe

September 6th, 2012
8:15 pm

Really need Ivan back, but I have no problem with Mike Scott in the 13th or 14th roster spot. Kid was active in summer league. Rebounds…steals…fouls…drawing fouls…turnovers…etc… No inner dog issues here. Kid ain’t scared to mix it up.

cp

September 6th, 2012
8:29 pm

I hope Scott turns into a solid player but I wasnt really impressed with him during the summer league. An undersized pf who likes to shoot jumpers but lacks the length and athleticism to finish strong around the rim. Ehhhh. I think they should have taken a shot at Blatche instead. Petro is terrible and Williams looked like he was in horrible shape during the summer league. I hope a trade is on the way.

Jae Evolution

September 6th, 2012
8:30 pm

Maybe we signed him so we can include him in a trade, as possibly another team has interest in him?

Astro Joe

September 6th, 2012
8:54 pm

cp, Scott is David West light. If Ferry is building a player development staff, we should assume that he will gamble on some players who need development but have the right attitude to work hard and learn.

Hoops

September 6th, 2012
9:08 pm

I feel a trade coming after Tuesday, Sept. 11. Get ready!!!

Buddy Grizzard

September 6th, 2012
9:31 pm

Slimjr

September 6th, 2012
9:45 pm

Hey Billy Knight Jr:

I looked up the “nimbers” just for you to let the “nimbers” explain like I told Grandad in the previous blog, the playoffs defense ratchets up as you advance beyond the “regular season” and that set shot [or whatever you'd like to call it] is rendered ineffective or obsolete..

All NBA/ ALLSTAR AL

Career Avg: 12.8 ppg on .536 shooting= Allstar? Whatever….

Playoff Avg: 9.4 ppg on .450 shooting= No ECF or Finals in this time line..

Also his rebounding drops to 7 per game in the playoffs…And you guys complained about ISO’s rebounding? Hmmmm

Thanks for the motivation..Actually had time to look it up…Hmmmmm

Slimjr

September 6th, 2012
9:50 pm

“For those wondering, Zaza Pachulia is leading his national team with 19.5 PPG and 9 RPG in EuroBasket 2013 qualifying: -Buddy-

Wow, Josh and Zaza have improved significantly…The other guy?

Najeh Davenpoop

September 6th, 2012
9:51 pm

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Najeh Davenpoop

September 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

I’m pretty sure I’d rather use a roster spot on Dominic McGuire than Mike Scott.

The Truth

September 6th, 2012
10:34 pm

Marvin Williams numbers @ half the price = Austin Daye

Marvin Williams Stats @ 36 M/game: FT%=80%, TRB=6.3, STL=.9, BLK=0.5, PPG=13.6
Austin Daye Stats @36 M/game: FT%=79%, TRB=6.5, STL=1.0, BLK=1.0, PPG=13.1

“If he returns to the Pistons for training camp, it’ll be a little crowded with the additions — 2011 second-round pick Kyle Singler, who returned from the Spanish league and looks more than ready for a heavy load; rookie swingman Khris Middleton (2012 second-round pick); veteran swingman Corey Maggette (trade with the Bobcats), and veteran Tayshaun Prince.

“If not here, then it is what it is,” Daye said. “I’ll try to get somewhere and play, do my thing. I know we’re really loaded at the 3s and 4s (forward spots).”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120711/SPORTS0102/207110335#ixzz25kM4LPnd

glw

September 6th, 2012
11:00 pm

Ferry saying Scott will be on the roster simply means he will be the 13th or 14th player. He will practice with the team. UNless we are hit with alot of injuries, he will be in street clothes and then once the D League gets going good, he will go down and get some playing time there. Hes a long term project, maybe end of the bench guy at best and thats next season.

UGA

September 6th, 2012
11:04 pm

Detroit needs a 2 guard like Stevenson, and they could take Williams. We were after Rashard Lewis, Tolliver, Randolph…………so a deal for Daye makes sense.

jlewis

September 6th, 2012
11:30 pm

Its going to take 5-10 years to get back to where we were last year…lets get real.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 7th, 2012
12:02 am

Pape Sy was a project now its Mike Scott.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 7th, 2012
12:16 am

The Hawks dance team need to do a routine to Bandz a Make uh Dance by Juicy J.

Ken Strickland

September 7th, 2012
12:25 am

Those days of us drafting players with potential and either cutting them or letting him rot on the bench with no effort to develop them are over. Scott will be on the team, but won’t likely dress unless their are injuries. He’ll watch and learn and get a lot of practice time in. He’ll get his chance to become a productive player next yr.

If Ferry doesn’t initiate a trade that brings in a SF candidate sometime after 9-11, look for JSmith to be our starting SF. Remember, you heard it from me 1st.

WORLDWIDE CLYDE-DHarris will be our starting 2 guard, not AMorrow. That will be made possible because LWilliams has the ability to be an effective PG off the bench.

PG-JTeague-LWilliams
SG-DHarris-AMorrow-JJenkins
SF-JSmith-KKorver
PF-AHorford-IJohnson
OC-ZPachulia-JWilliams-JPetro
Scott-Benson-Stevenson and/or Anderson on inactive roster.

Harris will be more effective than Hinrich was offensively and defensively, which is an improvement. Josh will be just as effective as JJ was at SF, if not more so, in terms of DEF, passing, scoring, except for 3pt shooting, and rebounding. That’s an overall improvement. Horford will be just as effective as Josh was at PF, and Zaza will more than hold his own at OC.

I see this yrs starting lineup being better than last yrs both offensively and defensively, and this yrs bench will be infinitely deeper, more versatile and talented. This yrs team is more suited to playing the uptempo style of fast breaking basketball that Ferry invisions.

We’ll be able to shoot over any DEF, with our abundance of excellent 3pt shooters, and break down any DEF with our abundance of speed, quickness and athleticism. GOOOO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

Grandad

September 7th, 2012
12:29 am

Sautee

I agree, DF is not finished building his team.
However, we had best keep our eyes and ears open;
espn, HoopsHype, and Yahoo Sports among other venues,
as we may or may not have a blog nor any updates from the local paper,
including our beat writer who is on record as:
” hating this time of year “.

Grandad

September 7th, 2012
12:35 am

For all:

Any trade in Sept. cannot have players who came to us in trades
from Brooklyn or Utah, in the JJohnson / Marvin deals;
unless they are singular trades.

Any of those players cannot be combined with another player.

Example – D.Stephenson & J.Petro cannot be combined in a trade.

Just Joe

September 7th, 2012
5:46 am

Grandad…my understanding is that after 60 days, any of the players we previously traded for are now eligible to be packaged in a new trade. That would be the middle of next week for all the former Nets plus Harris.

Just Joe

September 7th, 2012
6:12 am

Ken…I just don’t see that starting lineup scoring in half court sets at all. I would play off the guards, and Josh, and force them to make pull up jumpers. Stick with Al, and double/help with my center as I know that ZaZa can’t shoot and he finishes below the rim when around the basket, which gives my big man time to recover and alter the shot (no elevation needed when ZaZa’s releasing the ball at the 9 ft mark). In summary, take Al’s jumper away, play off the guards / go under screens, double Josh in the post only, and make ZaZa and your jump shooters (not named Horford) beat me. I think that lineup really struggles to score points.

PEDRO EL GITANO

September 7th, 2012
6:19 am

Scott no es un gran fichaje,pero por el mínimo está bien.Ahora solo espero que se garantice un contrato a Kito Benson.Y estoy de acuerdo con Ken Stricklad,somos mejores que el año pasado.Hemos mejorado en cada posición.

Rally Cry

September 7th, 2012
7:10 am

BC i dont think there is a fascination with josh at sf as much as there is a need to move Al out of the center position so Al supporters would like to move josh out of the power forward position to find a place for Al since he has failed at center.

I know thats very illogical thinking because Josh is a much better pf than Al, so you would down grade the position to help al get out of playing center. Its really stupid and sick thinking but its not about improving the hawks its about helping Al.

The best way to improve the hawks is to get a real center and let Al come off the bench to help the center or Josh. he could get maybe 25-30 minutes a game is a limited role as a back up. Other than that, I agree with Danny Ferry’s attempts to trade Al, but as I understand it, there are not that many teams interested in building with Al.

Which begs the question… Why are we?

umptenth time

September 7th, 2012
7:11 am

I’ll be stunned if Ferry is through dealing before the season. I still think he’ll trade for a SF. We’ll see, I guess.- blogger

I guess that is true because the #1 need for the hawks is still a center. There is no playoff caliber center on the team. Look for to try to upgrade the center and most critical position on the roster, that is unless the true strategy is to lelt Al horford guide us to the lottery. How ever given the hawks recent attempts to trade Al, it appears that is not the case. The goal appears to be to be go after a real center and upgrade. I think Al Jefferson or JaVale McGee can upgrade Al quite easily.

The bottom line is that any team with Al as a member of your front court cant be a serious contender. Only the butt of Jokes. Like the blogger who is more interested in painting a boat rather than fixing the leak. It doesnt make sense to worry about a shooting forward, which is a easy position to plug, when you are destitute of any type of defensive (or offensive as well) force to protect your rim.

As it stands now, look for the hawks to marginally make the playoffs (7th or 8th seed) and then fold in the 1st round continuing the slide backwards

The hawks are in major need of a center to change the down slide.

umptenth time

September 7th, 2012
7:17 am

Very big Cosign to Slimjr: and thumbs up to Steven A Smith, And the Master T.S.

All NBA/ ALLSTAR AL

Career Avg: 12.8 ppg on .536 shooting= Allstar? Whatever….

Playoff Avg: 9.4 ppg on .450 shooting= No ECF or Finals in this time line..

Also his rebounding drops to 7 per game in the playoffs…And you guys complained about ISO’s rebounding? Hmmmm

Thanks for the motivation..Actually had time to look it up…Hmmmmm

Grandad

September 7th, 2012
7:23 am

Sautee, are you saying to people that you saw me and Sandusky doing acts together? What ever your thoughts on Sandusky or myself will not hold up in court. I am quite sure you are aware. You have no pictures or any evidence of activities that took place.

If any one has any pictures please send them to my P. O. Box and you will be compensated.

Why Johnny cant read?

September 7th, 2012
7:34 am

“GM Danny Ferry said he’s strictly a power forward. That means Scott is slotted behind Josh Smith…”- M. Cunningham

Johnny cant read.

“SF-JSmith” – Ken Strickly an idiot/ ” SF – Smoove – Hawks blog idiot World Wide Fool

“GM Danny Ferry said he’s strictly a power forward. That means Scott is slotted behind Josh Smith…” – M.Cunningham

GM Danny Ferry said he’s strictly a power forward. That means Scott is slotted behind Josh Smith,

Buddy Grizzard

September 7th, 2012
8:43 am

“I’m pretty sure I’d rather use a roster spot on Dominic McGuire than Mike Scott.”

Or Derrick Brown. Need someone who can jump. Mike Scott does not have a future as an NBA player.

Buddy Grizzard

September 7th, 2012
9:01 am

Imagine what Worldwide Clyde will be saying if Lame Duck starts giving minutes to Mike Scott that would otherwise go to Ivan Johnson? I think the biggest danger with this roster is there are too many rotation players. Drew will try to play everybody instead of picking a 9-player rotation and sticking with it.

steven a smith

September 7th, 2012
9:02 am

I guess Danny Ferry would be better off taking “ADVICE” from basketball fans on “blogs.”

Slimjr

September 7th, 2012
9:02 am

The guy is undersize, the guy has no length, the guy has no power, the guy lacks athleticism and he[has no future in the NBA per Buddy G.]

Wait a minute, is this Rick Sund reminding us that he’s still around pushing buttons too?

Buddy Grizzard

September 7th, 2012
9:02 am

Dominic McGuire and Derrick Brown have proven NBA skills. Mike Scott does not.

Buddy Grizzard

September 7th, 2012
9:03 am

Sure seems like it to me Slimjr.