Luis Scola with the Argentine national basketball team
|No. 14 – Phoenix Suns|
|Power forward / Center|
April 30, 1980 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Escuela de Educacion Media|
|NBA Draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|1996–1998||Ferro Carril Oeste (Argentina)|
|1998–2007||Tau Ceramica (Spain)|
|1998–1999||→ Gijón Baloncesto (Spain 2nd)|
|1999–2000||→ Gijón Baloncesto (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa (born April 30, 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He formerly was a Euroleague star with the ACB's Tau Ceramica, as well as a member of the Houston Rockets in the NBA.
Professional career 
Cabitel Gijón 
After the 1997–98 basketball season in the Argentine League, Scola moved to Spain and signed with Saski Baskonia. He was loaned to Gijón Baloncesto, where he helped the then Spanish League Second Division club achieve promotion to the Spanish League First Division. He then was loaned back to Gijón through the 1999–2000 season, before arriving at Baskonia, where he played for seven seasons.
Tau Ceramica 
With Saski Baskonia, Scola reached the Euroleague final in the 2000–01 season, and three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours, between 2005 and 2007. His outstanding performances earned him an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in 2005, as well as two All-Euroleague First Team selections in 2006 and 2007.
Although Scola did not manage to win the Euroleague championship with Baskonia, he did win with them every major Spanish League title, winning a Spanish ACB League championship in 2002, 3 Spanish King's Cups in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 3 Spanish Supercups in 2005, 2006, 2007.
NBA career 
In the summer of 2005, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA (who drafted Scola in 2002), attempted to negotiate with Baskonia to buy out his contract. After initially throwing around numbers as large as $15 million, Baskonia eventually settled on a number of over $3 million for the buyout of the contract. This made it difficult for Scola to join fellow Argentina national team member Manu Ginóbili in San Antonio, because of the NBA's rule which limits teams to paying no more than $500,000 of a player's buyout. Scola would have been responsible for paying Baskonia the remaining $2.5 million amount of the buyout. When the deal to buy out Scola's contract fell through, the Spurs instead signed an Argentine national team teammate and friend of Scola's, Fabricio Oberto.
Houston Rockets 
On July 12, 2007, the Spurs traded the rights to Scola, along with center-forward Jackie Butler, to the Houston Rockets, in return for Vassilis Spanoulis, a future second-round draft pick, and cash considerations. He signed with the Rockets soon after and his sticky buyout situation was resolved a few days later. Scola signed a three-year contract with the Rockets, at a salary of $9.5 million. Scola placed third in the NBA 2007–08 Rookie of the Year Award voting and he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. On March 13, 2010, he scored a career high 44 points against the New Jersey Nets.
On the afternoon of December 8, 2011, the day before the 2011 NBA lockout ended and players could move between teams, the Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets agreed to a trade that would have sent Scola, along with Goran Dragić, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets. In exchange, the Rockets would have received Pau Gasol, and the Lakers would have received star point guard Chris Paul. That night, after other team owners voiced their opposition, league commissioner David Stern nullified the trade.
On July 13, 2012, he was waived by the Rockets using the league's amnesty clause to provide salary cap relief. It is widely noted, however, that Scola was not cut due to a lack of performance; rather, the deal was an attempt to clear cap space for the Rockets to trade for former Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, who was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets would, however, eventually use their cap to gain former Oklahoma City Thunder Sixth Man of the Year shooting guard and Olympic gold medalist James Harden.
Phoenix Suns 
On July 15, 2012, the Phoenix Suns were awarded Luis Scola on amnesty waivers. Reportedly, the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers were also interested in acquiring Scola during the amnesty process. His contract will reportedly give him $4.1 million, $4.5 million, and $4.9 million per each respective year, but only $440,000 is guaranteed in his final year with the Suns. On November 22, 2012, Scola was relegated to playing off the bench for the first time in his NBA career since the start of his rookie season.
Argentine national basketball team 
With Argentina's junior national teams, Scola won the gold medal at the 1995 South American Cadet Championship, the gold medal at the 1996 South American Junior Championship, the gold medal at the 2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship, and the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship.
As a member of the senior Argentine national team, Scola has won several medals: the silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship, the bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA Americas Championship, the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, the silver medal at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship, the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
Scola broke two Argentine national team records at the FIBA World Cup, during the 2010 edition: top overall scorer for Argentina at a World Cup (beating Ernesto Gehrmann's 331 points) and most points scored for Argentina in one game at World Cup (scoring 37 against Brazil in the round of 16, therefore beating Alberto Desimone's 35 points scored against Mexico in 1963).
Titles and medals 
Club level 
- Spanish Championship: (2002)
- 3x Spanish King's Cups: (2002, 2004, 2006)
- 3x Spanish Supercups: (2005, 2006, 2007)
Argentine national team 
- 1995 South American Cadet Championship: Gold
- 1996 South American Junior Championship: Gold
- 1999 South American Championship: Silver
- 1999 FIBA Americas Championship: Bronze
- 2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship: Gold
- 2001 South American Championship: Gold
- 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship: Bronze
- 2001 FIBA Americas Championship: Gold
- 2002 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- 2003 FIBA Americas Championship: Silver
- 2004 Summer Olympic Games: Gold
- 2007 FIBA Americas Championship: Silver
- 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball: Gold
- 2008 Summer Olympic Games: Bronze
- 2009 FIBA Americas Championship: Bronze
- 2011 FIBA Americas Championship: Gold
Club level 
- Spanish League: Rookie of the Year (2000)
- Spanish Supercup: MVP (2005)
- All-Euroleague Second Team: (2005)
- 2× Spanish League MVP: (2005, 2007)
- 2× All-Euroleague First Team: (2006, 2007)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: (2008)
Argentine national team 
- 2000 FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship: MVP
- 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 2007 FIBA Americas Championship: MVP
- 2009 FIBA Americas Championship: MVP
- 2010 FIBA World Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 2011 FIBA Americas Championship: MVP
Career statistics 
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
NBA regular season 
NBA Playoffs 
References and notes 
- Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ. July 11, 2007
- San Antonio's 2002 draft pick Scola signs with Rockets. July 17, 2007
- Scola buyout issue is resolved. July 17, 2007
- Kevin Durant Named T-Mobile Rookie of the Year. Nba.com (May 1, 2008).
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (December 9, 2011). "Teams still pushing for Paul trade". Yahoo! Sports.
- "Suns claim Luis Scola off waiver wire, amnesty Josh Childress". SI.com. Associated Press. July 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012.
- Bill Simmons (August 10, 2012). "The London Chronicles, Vol. 6: The Mailbag That Wasn't". Grantland.com.
- Young, Royce. (July 15, 2012) Suns claim Luis Scola off waiver wire, amnesty Josh Childress. CBSSports.com.
- Suns make winning bid for Luis Scola – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas. Espn.go.com.
- Holler, Doug (July 15, 2012). "Phoenix Suns acquire Luis Scola in auction". The Arizona Republic (AZCentral.com).
- Hernán Sartori (September 3, 2010). "Scola, el goleador que lidera la esperanza". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Pablo Cormick (September 7, 2010). "Argentina, con inteligencia y carácter". ESPNDeportes (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2010.
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- Scola NBA Draft Profile at NBA.com
- ESPN Deportes Interview (Spanish)