February 12, 1975 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||278 lb (126 kg)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|Number||31, 62, 66|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,222 (4.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,351 (4.6 rpg)|
|Blocks||352 (0.7 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Scot L. Pollard (born February 12, 1975) is a retired American professional basketball player. In an eleven-year NBA career, he played for five teams, spending the bulk of his career with the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers. Pollard was known both for his defensive play and his unique hairstyles.
Pollard was born in Murray, Utah, and grew up in San Diego and Kennewick, Washington. He attended the University of Kansas and was the 19th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Detroit Pistons. For every season, except his first, Pollard appeared in the NBA Playoffs including in the 2007 NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won a championship in his final season (2007–08) with the Boston Celtics. He currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Dawn, and 3 children.
Early life and college
Pollard was one of six children in a devout Mormon family, but Pollard never embraced the religion. His father, Pearl Pollard, played basketball at the University of Utah. For three years, he played high school basketball at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego before moving to Kennewick, Washington to play for Kamiakin High School most of his senior year. Parade magazine named Pollard a high school All-American in 1993. He eventually graduated from Torrey Pines and attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in education. While playing NCAA basketball, Pollard finished sixth in Jayhawks history among free throw shooters with 358, fourth in rebounds with 850, and second in blocked shots with 218.
Pollard was selected 19th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, with whom he debuted during the 1997-98 NBA season. In 33 games with the Pistons, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game.
He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Christian Laettner, but Pollard never suited up for a game with them and was waived almost a month later. Pollard was traded to the Sacramento Kings, whose management was in the midst of building a successful playoff team at the time. With the Kings he suffered an injury that allowed him to play only for sixteen games during the lockout-shortened 1999 season. It was during his stint with the Kings that he became a solid backup to center Vlade Divac, often starting at power forward when Chris Webber was injured.
Pollard had an average of 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 points scored and 0.4 assists per game. He played an average of about 12 minutes per game.
Pollard's contract with the Pacers expired following the 2005-06 season. On August 18, 2006, Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers lost the 2007 NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs four games to none, and Pollard played one minute of game 2.
On August 9, 2007, Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Pollard chose #66 as his new uniform number, and jokingly claimed he took it because he would not be allowed to have three 6's. Pollard played limited minutes during the season and saw no playing time during the Celtics championship run in the 2008 NBA Playoffs. He retired shortly after.
On March 11, 2007, Pollard caused minor controversy when he looked into the camera during a 20-second timeout and said "Hey kids, do drugs." The light on top of the camera was not working and Pollard intended to get a laugh out of the media truck. Pollard apologized.
Pollard was known across the NBA for his peculiar hairstyles, which included a Mohawk, a single pony tail, and a bald head. On January 2, 2006, he introduced a new hairstyle when he wore two pony tails during a Pacers home game against the Seattle SuperSonics.
While with the Sacramento Kings, Pollard received the nickname "Samurai Scot."
During the 2007-08 season, Pollard hosted "Planet Pollard," a segment of the show Celtics Now, on Comcast SportsNet. He visited various locales and often gave tours and information about the place he is visiting.
On April 12, 2008, during a game against the Atlanta Hawks, Pollard filled in for color commentator Tom Heinsohn on CSN New England's game telecast. Pollard, who was out for the season after left ankle surgery, has color analyst experience with the Sacramento Kings and WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. Pollard joined NBA TV in 2009. On October 3rd, 2014, Mark Boyle announced that Pollard would be joining the Indiana Pacers radio crew.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Pollard won an NBA championship|
- Big man Pollard adds size, depth to Celts' bench - updated August 7, 2007
- Reed, Tom (October 26, 2006). "Pollard always has been his own man". Akron Beacon-Journal. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- Pollard, Scot. "All about Scot". PlanetPollard.com. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- Smith, Craig (March 31, 2005). "Notebook: Webster on Parade All-American first team". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "2004-05 Player HQ: Scot Pollard". Indiana Pacers. 2005. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "Scot Pollard Game-by-Game Stats (2006-2007)". ESPN. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- Gary Tanguay interviews the always entertaining Scot Pollard at Celtics Media Day, September 28, 2007
- "Cavs' Pollard apologizes for on-air remark". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 15, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- Marc J. Spears, Hawks control their own fate, The Boston Globe, April 12, 2008.
- The Axeman of Cutter’s Creek Speaks Out (interview), Horror Society, February 4, 2013.
- Scot Pollard bio at NBA.com
- Basketball-Reference.com: Scot Pollard
- PlanetPollard.com (official website)