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Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa (born April 30, 1980 in Buenos Airesmarker) is an Argentinemarker professional basketball player. The power forward/Center for the Argentine national team is currently signed with the NBA's Houston Rockets. He formerly was a Euroleague star with the ACB's TAU Vitoria. He has dual citizenship: Argentinemarker and Spanishmarker.

Professional career


Scola started his career with the Buenos Aires youth teams of Ferro Carril Oeste. He made his professional debut with the same club's pro team in the Argentine league during the 1995-96 season.


Cabitel Gijón

After the 1997-98 basketball season in the Argentine League, Scola moved to Spainmarker where he helped the then Spanish League Second Division club Cabitel Gijón achieve promotion to the Spanish League First Division. He then signed with TAU Vitoria, but stayed with Gijón through the 1999-2000 season, before moving to TAU, where he played for seven seasons.

TAU Vitoria

With TAU, 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 TAU, he did win with TAU every major Spanish League title, winning a Spanish ACB League championship in 2002, 3 Spanish Cups in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 3 Spanish Supercups in 2005, 2006, 2007. When he left TAU he was the Euroleague's all-time leading scorer since ULEB took over the competition from FIBA Europe in the year 2000 (counting FIBA Champions Cup games, Nick Galis is still the Euroleague's all-time leading scorer). He has since been surpassed in career points scored in the Euroleague, since ULEB took over the competition, by several players.

NBA career

In the summer of 2005, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA (who drafted Scola in 2002) attempted to negotiate with TAU to buy out his contract. After initially throwing around numbers as large as $1.5 million, TAU eventually settled on a still higher number of over $3 million dollars for the contract. This made it difficult for Scola to join fellow Argentina national team member Manu Ginóbili in San Antoniomarker 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 TAU the remaining $2.5 million. 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 April 10, 2009, he scored a career high 28 points against the Golden State Warriors.

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 numerous medals. With his country's senior national team he won the following 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 Olympic Basketball Tournament, the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament, and the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.


Club level

Argentine national team


Club level

Argentine national team

NBA career statistics

Regular season

82 39 24.7 .515 .000 .668 6.4 1.3 .7 .2 10.3
82 82 30.3 .531 .000 .760 8.8 1.5 .8 .1 12.7
164 121 27.5 .523 .000 .716 7.6 1.4 .8 .1 11.5


6 6 36.7 .448 .000 .686 9.3 1.3 .7 .2 14.0
13 13 32.6 .494 .000 .673 8.4 1.8 .5 .2 14.4
19 19 33.9 .480 .000 .679 8.7 1.6 .6 .2 14.3


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