After being acquired during the Tobias Harris trade in February, Mike Scott has become an indispensable depth piece of the 76ers rotation. That was most evident during the first round of the NBA Playoffs, when Scott hit the game-winning three-pointer in Game 4 of Philadelphia’s 4-1 series win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Scott has become something of a cult favorite since arriving at the trade deadline, and the Sixers fans have embraced Scott in his short tenure, no one more so than Matthew Del Rio (@mdelNBA on Twitter). Back in March, Del Rio tweeted that he would get a “Mike Scott Hive” tattoo if he got to 1,000 followers by the next day. Once that happened, he followed through, adding the additional detail of a samurai headband that Scott has adopted since arriving in Philadelphia on the “O”.
Scott was effusive in his admiration for the fans after practice Wednesday, saying he hasn’t felt this kind of love from a fan base since college at the University of Virginia. He also gifted Del Rio tickets to the Sixers’ next game.
Philadelphia’s bench depth took a hit after the team made trades to upgrade its starting lineup, and they need Scott to produce as a sixth man. Scott had been the leading minute-getter off the bench for the Sixers before a foot injury knocked him out of the first two games of the team’s second-round series against Toronto. However, he returned to practice Wednesday, no doubt buoyed by the support he has received from the Philadelphia faithful.