Dennis Scott may not be the most random or forgotten player there is. He spent his first seven seasons with the Orlando Magic, who in the later stages of his run, went to the NBA Finals with Shaquille O’Neal. Scott is somewhat responsible for changing the game in my opinion. With Shaq garnering extra attention in the paint, Scott began roaming the three point line waiting for outlet passes to jack up threes. Today, too many players play by the same strategy. Even my game in the West Sacramento men’s league has been inspired by Scott. In 95-96, he set a then NBA record for 3-pointers in a season. He also broke the single game record at the time in April of that year with 11. After stops in the twilight of his career in Dallas, Phoenix, New York, Minnesota, and Vancouver, Scott finished with a career average of 12.9 points per game. He also made 1,214 three pointers on just under 40% shooting from beyond the arc.
What made me a fan of Dennis Scott was his personality on the court. While so many players were all business on the court during the early 90s, Dennis was always hamming it up. I already gave him credit once for “changing the game” so I won’t do that here, but you get the idea. I also was a huge fan of Georgia Tech hoops in his day, when he played in the same backcourt with Kenny Anderson. Dennis Scott was the 4th overall pick in the 1990 Draft, which is heralded by many as the greatest RFP Draft class in NBA history. The list includes such phenomenal RFPs as Kendall Gill, Felton Spencer, Willie Burton, Rumeal Robinson, Alec Kessler, Travis Mays, Loy Vaught, and Duane Causwell. That’s only from the first 18 picks too. Honestly, you should check it out. So anyway, here’s to Dennis Scott, the Doin Work RFP of the Day.