Welcome to the Bench: Shannon Scott

Background
Born: 12/21/1992 (22 Years Old) Alpharetta, Georgia, US
Drafted: Undrafted
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Right
Full Draft Express Bio

2015 Stats (Ohio State NCAA)
G    GS   MPG   PPG   RPG   APG   SPG   BPG   FG%   3P%   FT%
35   35     30.5    8.5     3.6      5.9      1.7      0.1    .412    .284    .742
Full ESPN Stats Page

The Signing
Signed a contract on August 21, 2015 with the Toronto Raptors. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

What he brings to the team
At 6’2″ with a wingspan of 6’3″, Scott’s size and athleticism make him an intriguing point guard prospect. His defense and playmaking are his calling cards, which enforces the anti-Lou style of play that the Raptors have been trying to enforce this summer. As a junior he made the Big Ten All-Defensive team which certainly beefs up his résumé. The Raptors are not the first NBA team to give the undrafted point guard a look either. Earlier this off season he helped the Spurs win the NBA Summer League Championship. In the tournament he averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 23.5 minutes. His most memorable play of the Summer League tourney was a buzzer-beating, game-winning, floating layup vs. the Boston Celtics.

If there is one team that I don’t mind dumpster diving prospects on, it’s the San Antonio Spurs. His top-prospect pedigree was evident when he entered college as a McDonald’s All-American and was one of the top high school point guard recruits in his class. Although his college career was unspectacular, he still has top-recruit athleticism and very good defensive instincts. Before you write him off because of his draft status, just remember that one of the franchise’s best point guards was also undrafted.

Why he’s on the bench
After going undrafted after his senior year, Scott is a lot older than some of the other point guard prospects on the market. His game gets all of the same criticisms that Raptor’s 2015 first round pick Delon Wright’s does, with a much lower ceiling. His shooting numbers were not great over his college career–his .284 from 3 point range in his senior season being his worst shooting year– coupled with his underwhelming scoring production has certainly lowered his value. His scoring numbers should be taken with a grain of salt considering he did not get a chance to be the primary ball handler with No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russel dominating possession for Ohio State. This summer he has a chance to battle the aforementioned Delon Wright for minutes as the third point guard. Worse case scenario he adds depth to the new Raptor 905 D-League team. Scott definitely has the skill set that could translate to him carving a niche career as a defense-first, playmaking, backup point guard. This might be tough to accomplish with a deep Raptors back court, but if he can show some life in training camp don’t be surprised to see him in an injury call-up situation.

It feels as though for every Jose Calderon the Raptors scout, there are 10 Rafael Aaujo’s drafted. So if Scott could just develop into Rajon Rondo that’d be greeeeat. Nobody should be surprised if Scott has a completely irrelevant career. If that’s the case then I have just wasted my time as well as yours by writing this in-depth analysis on an undrafted free agent. Whatever. I’m already over it.

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