Eight 3-and-D players the Houston Rockets should target

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3. Mike Scott

Mike Scott fits the mold of a 3-and-D player, as the eight-year forward is a career 35.8 percent shooter from 3-point range. Although Scott is only shooting 32.5 percent from long-range this season, the 31-year-old Scott shot 40 percent from long-range in each of the last two seasons, which would surely go up playing alongside James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

At 6-foot-7, Scott has the size to defend bigs and even bigger guards, which the Rockets need. On the offensive end, Scott is averaging 11.3 points and seven rebounds per 36 minutes, which is another glimpse of what the reserve forward can do.

Scott ranks within the top 155 in defensive win shares, which is impressive considering the fact that he only plays 17 minutes per game. Considering how Scott isn’t necessarily a major part of Philadelphia’s rotation, you’d have to think they would field calls at the very least.

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From a contractual standpoint, Scott is making 4.7 million this season, which means the Rockets could land the veteran forward by packaging Nene, Gerald Green and Chris Clemons, which would give the Rockets enough outgoing salary to complete the trade.

Philadelphia would certainly request a draft pick, but it would be worth it for someone like Scott who would provide size, 3-point shooting and defense, which is a combination the Rockets don’t have on the roster.

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