Naming the Houston Rockets All-Decade First Team
Power Forward: Luis Scola
The Spurs originally drafted Luis Scola in the second round of the 2002 draft, but he didn’t play his first NBA game until 2007 with the Houston Rockets. Scola was a nightly double-double threat, as he averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.
Scola averaged a career-high 18.3 points in the 2010-11 season. His career high for points scored in a game was on March 13, 2010, when he dropped 44 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a victory over the Nets.
Scola was an underrated low-post, under the rim scorer during his time in the league. In the post, he would often score using a spin move to go around his defender or with a turnaround hook shot over his left shoulder. His mid-range shot was also money, especially from the elbow. If Scola played in today’s league, he probably would’ve been able to develop a solid 3-point shot. In fact, in his last productive year with the Raptors in the 2015-16 season, Scola averaged 40.4 percent shooting from downtown on 2.1 attempts per game.