With John Wall out for the past few weeks, the Wizards were forced to look for new scoring options. Bradley Beal stepped up and scored like never before, but still, the Wizards were forced to give a few bench guys some minutes and some ball share who didn’t get much before. Namely, Tim Frazier, Tomas Satoransky, and Mike Scott. Since Wall’s return, Frazier has returned to his minor role, Satoransky has seen a small increase in minutes, but Mike Scott has continued to be a top scoring option for the Wizards.
In fact, since Wall’s return, Scott has had his two best games, with 22 and 24 point games, and has averaged 18.8 points per game.
Scott’s rise as a scorer comes at a great time for the Wizards. Starting PF Markieff Morris began the season injured, and has since returned, but is still on limited minutes and does not appear to be in top form. Morris has logged only 23.1 minutes per game this season, compared to 31.2 last season. Having a viable backup to Morris to give him a rest or to start in his place when he feels like his hip hurts has been key for the Wizards.
Scott has not only been scoring a lot, but incredibly efficiently. He’s sixth in the entire NBA in field goal percentage at 58.5%, behind only Clint Capela, DeAndre Jordan, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and John Collins, and right in front of LeBron James.
While Scott may not stay at 18 ppg like he has the past few games, he has cemented himself as a key part of the Wizards’ offense going forward.