Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa ( born April 30 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player. Since 2013, the power forward is at the Indiana Pacers in the U.S. professional basketball league NBA under contract. In addition, Scola plays for the Argentine national team.
Luis Scola was the beginning of 2008 to a circle of 105 basketball players who were nominated by the Euro League Basketball and / or basketball interested, actively fifty major personalities of the sport of basketball in Europe in the period 1958 to 2008, determine and subsequently in May 2008 in Madrid (Spain ) honor can. All nominated players have played a particularly prominent role in the European Cup competitions of FIBA Europe and the Euro League basketball and belonged respectively to the most prominent ' stars' of their national league teams.
Scola began his career with the youth team of Ferro Carril Oeste, Buenos Aires. His professional debut was with the Senior team in the season 1996 / 97th In 1998 he went to the Spanish second division Cabitel Gijón, where he helped to promotion. In 1999 he signed with Tau Ceramica Vitoria, however, remained for another season at Cabitel Gijón. In the 2000 /01 season Scola then played first for Tau Ceramica in the ACB league.
In the 2002 NBA Draft Luis Scola was drafted in the second round to 56th by the San Antonio Spurs. 2005 tried to buy him back at Tau Ceramica the Spurs. However, this could not be accomplished. By 2007, Scola then remained in Spain.
On 12 July 2007, the Spurs traded the rights to a Scola (along with Jackie Butler ) to the Houston Rockets for Vasilios Spanoulis, a future second-round draft pick and cash compensation. Three days later Scola signed a three -year contract with the Rockets. Prior to joining the NBA Scola was achieved with 2,054 points leader of the ULEB Euro League ( in November 2007 by Marcus Brown surpassed ) and with 144 operations, in addition to the Italians Denis Marconato, record holder for the most important European competition for club teams. Summer 2012 use the Rockets called Amnesty clause in the NBA contracts to dismiss Scola. Thus, the Rockets wanted to save especially the content of Scola for future obligations.
In his first NBA season, he was able to achieve an average of 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, for which he was appointed at the end of the season in the NBA All - Rookie First Team.
At 15.7. won the Phoenix Suns bidders battle for Scola and could sign him thus.
After a year with the Suns, Scola was transferred in the summer of 2013 for Gerald Green to the Indiana Pacers.
- In the 2001 /02 season he led Tau Ceramica Vitoria to the ACB title.
- With Tau Ceramica he was three times the Copa del Rey win ( 2002, 2004 and 2006). In addition, the 2006 team won the Spanish Super Cup.
- Luis Scola was twice elected as the MVP of the ACB league (2005 and 2007).
- With the Argentina national team Scola won the 2004 gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
- In the U.S. Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011 Luis Scola was elected MVP.