Scotty Hopson shines for Miami Heat in summer league

Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson addresses the media during a press conference prior to open practice for the Vols' second round NCAA matchup against Michigan in 2011.

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2011

Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson addresses the media during a press conference prior to open practice for the Vols' second round NCAA matchup against Michigan in 2011.

Former Tennessee star Scotty Hopson is off to a solid start for the Miami Heat in the NBA's summer league, according to a story from RantSports.

Hopson, who took 48 percent of the over 5400 fan votes for MVP of the Israeli basketball league according to a website that covers the league, eurobasket.com,is believed to have a strong chance to make the Heat's active roster as a bench player thanks to his shooting, according to a number of sites.

Hopson scored 22 points, had three steals, two assists, two rebounds and no turnovers in the Heat's most recent summer league game, and averaged slightly over 18 points and five rebounds per game while playing for Hapoel Eilat.

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HooRay_Vol writes:

Hoo-Ray! Good to see Scottie living up to his potential.

SummittsCourt writes:

Good to hear. Too often these guys who leave too early and don't get drafted end up in bad places.

Ironcity writes:

Sometimes one has to be humbled before they truly work on there game. Scottie has the athleticism needed to make it so I hope he has added the rest.

VictorKruger writes:

It took CJ Watson 3 years to make the NBA, and once he got his foot in the door he made the most of it. Hopson is certainly more physically talented than CJ, and hopefully he's shored up the mental side of his game (along with ball-handling and defense!) to have a similar level of NBA success as CJ. He represented UT well and seems to be a sound person, so I wish him great success.

johnlg00 writes:

Great bounce-back game for Scotty after pretty much stinking up the joint in the first game. I was in K'ville over the weekend and saw on a local sportscast that Scotty shot about 20% from the field and had--I think!--seven TOs. Nobody has doubted Scotty's talent since he was in about the 7th grade, but most suspected his judgment and drive. If he ever gets his mind to catch up with his body, he can have a nice, long NBA career, but that mismatch is what USUALLY separates the wannabes from the pros.

volmonkey writes:

He has to be more consistent if he is going to make an NBA roster. His previous game was terrible. might be a good fit for an aging Heat team since they seem so obsessed with shooters.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to volmonkey:

He has to be more consistent if he is going to make an NBA roster. His previous game was terrible. might be a good fit for an aging Heat team since they seem so obsessed with shooters.

Somethings working for the Heat. I guess it's this "obsession" with shooters.lol That said I agree about Scottie's consistency.

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Somethings working for the Heat. I guess it's this "obsession" with shooters.lol That said I agree about Scottie's consistency.

Mike Miller is a 6'8" shooing guard that might be amnestied. Scotty Hopson is a 6'7" shooting guard with superior athleticism....

Big Heat fan, and I think Hopson could really thrive in Miami as a catch and shooter and back door cutter off James/Wade drives. Hopson has the length to really supplement the Heat's positionless philosophy.

His minutes got cut back pretty significantly in game three where he only had 6 points and three turnovers. Had one really nice alley oop assist.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Mike Miller is a 6'8" shooing guard that might be amnestied. Scotty Hopson is a 6'7" shooting guard with superior athleticism....

Big Heat fan, and I think Hopson could really thrive in Miami as a catch and shooter and back door cutter off James/Wade drives. Hopson has the length to really supplement the Heat's positionless philosophy.

His minutes got cut back pretty significantly in game three where he only had 6 points and three turnovers. Had one really nice alley oop assist.

Heat fan also and could not agree more. Miller is overpaid for a player that until this year was on the pine with one stupid injury after another. Ive said it a hundred times for a guard to make it in the NBA you better be shooting 45+ percent everytime you hit the floor. You don't have to be an all world defender or Jordan driving the lane; Just simply knock down that three or pull up in a timely fashion..Ray Allen has made a career of doing it..By the way noticed Tobias in the picture.That Milwaukee coach must be one real bone head!!He barely played Harris 5 minutes a game for 4 points and Harris goes to Orlando and is close 18ppg and 35 minutes!!

John_10065 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Heat fan also and could not agree more. Miller is overpaid for a player that until this year was on the pine with one stupid injury after another. Ive said it a hundred times for a guard to make it in the NBA you better be shooting 45+ percent everytime you hit the floor. You don't have to be an all world defender or Jordan driving the lane; Just simply knock down that three or pull up in a timely fashion..Ray Allen has made a career of doing it..By the way noticed Tobias in the picture.That Milwaukee coach must be one real bone head!!He barely played Harris 5 minutes a game for 4 points and Harris goes to Orlando and is close 18ppg and 35 minutes!!

I would call the Milwaukee coach a bone head for not playing a guy more that goes to another team and contributes well. Different players do better under different systems and philisophies and fit into the rotation differently.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to John_10065:

I would call the Milwaukee coach a bone head for not playing a guy more that goes to another team and contributes well. Different players do better under different systems and philisophies and fit into the rotation differently.

I can't recall the name of Tobias' coach at Milwaukee, but I remember him quoted as saying that Tobias didn't defend or rebound the way he should for his size and position. Unless you watch a guy for a while, one has no context for any stats he generates. The Bucks concluded--perhaps prematurely--that Tobias wasn't going to be a major building block going forward, but that guy has been fired, so what did he know? The Magic aren't going anywhere. Tobias won't have much but his paycheck to look forward to for some time to come. Since he is getting the minutes, he is scoring, but we always knew he was a scorer. Now he needs to show that he can do all the other things winning players do to eventually become a key player on a contending team.

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