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2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in all 82 games (two starts) for the Pacers in his seventh NBA season, averaged 7.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 26.6 minutes.
Playoffs: EC Finals vs. MIA: Added 12 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting with a rebound and an assist in 14 minutes in Game 4…Shot 4-6 from the field for eight points in 13 minutes off the bench in Game 3…Scored two points on 1-6 shooting with an assist in 11 minutes in Game 2…Hit 1-of-3 shots and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes of Game 1... EC Semifinals vs. WSH: Averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game…Tallied three rebounds and an assists in eight minutes of Game 4…Scored 11 points in the final quarter, including his first three-pointer in his playoff career in Game 3…played just 11 minutes off the bench in Game 2, sinking a free throw and collecting one rebound…Reached double-figures for the third time with 12 points on 6-11 shooting to go with five boards and a career-best two blocks in 27 minutes in Game 1... First Round vs. ATL: Played in six games off the bench, averaging 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field… scored 20 points off the bench in Game 2, his third career playoff game with 20+ points and first since May 14, 2009 with Houston…Shot 7-11 from the field for 17 points in Game 3

2012-13: After he was designated as the Houston Rockets’ amnesty player and waived on July 13, the Suns submitted the winning bid and were awarded Scola on July 15, 2012... In his sixth NBA season, first with Phoenix, and first outside of Houston, he averaged 12.8 points (2nd-team), 6.6 rebounds (2nd-team) and 2.2 assists in 26.6 minutes in 82 games (67 starts)... Played a full slate of games for the fifth time in six career seasons (82 in 2007-08, 82 in 2008-09, 82 in 2009-10, 66 in 2011-12), and has played 468 of a possible 476 (.983) career games... Was 1 of 2 Suns’ players to play in all 82 games in 2012-13... Produced in whatever role he was asked to; started season’s first 11 games (Oct. 31-Nov. 17), came off the bench in the next 11 contests (Nov. 21-Dec. 9), re-joined starting lineup on Dec. 12, returned to bench for four games beginning March 15, started the season’s final 13 games... In 67 games as a starter, averaged 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while averaging 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in a reserve role... Shot better from the field as a reserve (49.3 percent compared to 46.8 percent)... 45 double-digit scoring efforts in 67 starts, 10 in 15 reserve appearances... In his Suns’ debut on Oct. 31, became just the 11th player in franchise history to record a double-double in his first game as a Sun, the first since Stephon Marbury in 2001-02, and the first 15-point, 10-rebound debut since Tom Gugliotta in 1999... Opened the season with at least 13 points and seven rebounds in four-straight games, his longest streak since Jan. 27-Feb. 7, 2010... 55 double-digit scoring efforts overall, including 12 20-point efforts and one 30-point game, the ninth of his career... Nine 20-point efforts in the season’s final 52 games after recording three in the first 30 contests... 15 double-doubles overall, including one points/assists double-double, the first of his career... Four 20-10 games, including one 30-10 effort... 16 double-digit rebounding efforts, one double-digit assist game... Dec. 17, recorded a career-high 10 assists... Recorded two games of nine or more assists after never having previously tallied more than seven in his NBA career (386 games, 2007-12)... Best game as a Sun came Dec. 29 at Minnesota when he scored a season-best 33 points en route to his sixth career 30-10 game... Dec. 29-Jan. 2, recorded three-straight 20-point efforts, matching the second-longest streak of his career, longest since Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2011.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by San Antonio in the second round (56th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft ... Draft rights acquired by Houston along with Jackie Butler from San Antonio on July 12, 2007, in exchange for Vassilis Spanoulis, a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and other considerations... Signed with Houston on July 17, 2007... Signed a multi-year contract with Houston on July 21, 2010... Designated as the Rockets’ amnesty player and waived on July 13, 2012; Phoenix subsequently submitted the winning bid and was awarded Scola on July 15, 2012... Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a future 1st round draft pick on July 27, 2013

INTERNATIONAL CAREER:
OLYMPICS: Three-time Olympian (2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London)... Helped the Argentinean National Team secure the nation’s first Olympic gold medal in basketball at the 2004 Olympic Games; averaged 17.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in Athens... Bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he averaged 18.9 points... As a member of the Argentinian National Team, averaged 18.0 points at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London... Only Australia’s Patty Mills, American Kevin Durant, teammate Manu Ginobili and Spain’s Pau Gasol averaged more points at the Games... Shot 52.8 percent overall from the field... Attempted 51 free throws in the tournament, a number topped by only Russia’s Andrei Kirilenko... WORLD/AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Led Argentina to its second title at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011, earning FIBA Americas MVP and All-Tournament Team honors (tournament-high 21.4-point scoring average) ... Participated with Argentina in the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey (tournament-high 27.1-point scoring average)... Led Argentina to a bronze medal in the FIBA Americas Championship 2009, garnering MVP honors (tournament-high 23.3-point scoring average)... Guided Argentina to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, earning tournament MVP accolades (19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds)... Won a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships, a gold medal at the 2001 Americas Championship and a silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship... PROFESSIONAL: Played two professional seasons in Argentina with Ferrocaril Oeste before making the jump to Spain with Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria and Gijon Baloncesto... Played with Tau Ceramica for seven seasons (2000-07)... All-Euroleague First Team two times (2005-06, 2006-07) and selected once to the All-Euroleague Second Team (2004-05)... Earned Euroleague December MVP (2006-07)... Two-time Spanish League Regular Season MVP (2004-05, 2006-07)... 2003 Spanish League All-Star... 1999-2000 Spanish League Rookie of the Year... Won the 2001-02 Spanish National Championship, captured the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Spanish National Cup (King’s Cup), and won the 2005 and 2006 Spanish SuperCup.

PERSONAL:
Born Luis Alberto Scola on April 30, 1980, in Buenos Aires, Argentina... Three time Olympian (2004, 2008, and 2012)... Helped Argentinean National Team secure nation’s first Olympic Gold Medal at 2004 Olympics... Has four children... Enjoys spending time with his family, playing pool and fishing in his spare time... Favorite musical group is U2... Lists favorite vacation spot as Minorca in the Mediterranean... Previously purchased blocks of season tickets to be donated to underserved children and their families... Hosted 13-year old Nicholas Tijerina and his family at a game with Phoenix after Nicholas was left paralyzed in a tragic accidental shooting while trying out for his school’s basketball team on an outdoor court... Scola visited with Nicholas and participated in a game of wheelchair basketball against the seventh grader in 2012, before extending an invitation to come see the game in person with his family... Lists his favorite television show as Friends, and his favorite movie as Seven.

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Vitals

Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 240 lbs./ 108.9 kg
Born: April 30, 1980
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draft: 2nd Round (55th pick) 2002 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2007
Years Pro: 7
Previous Teams:
  Phoenix Suns 2013 - 2013
  Indiana Pacers 2013 - 2013
  Phoenix Suns 2012 - 2012
  Houston Rockets 2007 - 2012
Prior to NBA/Country: Tau Ceramica (Spain)/Argentina

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