Dennis Scott was known for his sweet shot during his time in the NBA. I remember selecting the Orlando Magic in NBA Jam a few times because of his high shooting percentage in that game. Not only did Scott make a name for himself in the NBA, but in college as well. He helped lead Georgia Tech to the NCAA Final Four in 1990 and was named the ACC Player of the Year and the Associated Press National Player of the Year. He was selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic in the NBA 1990 Draft. He spent the majority of his 10-year NBA career with the Magic, earning All-Rookie Team honors in 1991 and helping the team win the Eastern Conference Championship in 1995.
Scott held the NBA’s record for most three-pointers made in a season with 267 for nine years, until Seattle’s Ray Allen eclipsed that mark in 2006. He spent time with Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, New York, Minnesota and the former Vancouver Grizzlies franchise.
Now Dennis hosts a show called 3DTV that airs on NBA TV. Dennis even has made guest appearances on several Nickelodeon sitcoms, including My Brother and Me, Clarissa Explains it All, and Gullah, Gullah Island.
Scott and his wife Rachael live with their four kids in Atlanta Georgia.
Dennis Scott: Back when I played in the 90s I was only a few guys that were my size to use the three point line. So I am super excited to see guys like Steph Curry, Klay, Damian Lillard, and Kyrie knock down those three point shots. Kyle Korver too. So that makes me feel good. Also the game has opened up more. We don’t have a lot of Shaq’s and Patrick Ewing’s and Alonzo Mournings. That is another reason why the game has shifted. We see more bigs shooting threes because we don’t have a lot of seven footers that have that big down low style game that we had back in the 90s.
AE: You were known for such a sweet three point shot. Today who has the best one? I’m guessing you are going to say Steph Curry.
DS: Nah, I am going to go with my other nephew. Klay Thompson has a pretty shot. If you look at the video in slow motion you see how every time Klay Thompson shoots his shots his elbows are always in. It is picture perfect. The follow through. His body is always square. Now obviously the way that Steph Curry can take a shot from either hand. His range really excites us, but at the end of the day if you really look at the mechanics of the shot Klay’s is prettier and Steph makes more. (Both laugh.)
AE: Take me back to your first NBA game. What were some of your memories from that game?
DS: Just the fact that the Orlando Magic was a new franchise. Trying to make a name for yourself. It was a dream coming true. As kid I would be watching NBA games growing up. Now you look forward to play against some of those great players. Now that thing is really coming true. Now you have to get out there and make a name for yourself.
AE: What were some of the first few thoughts that popped into your mind when you found out that you were going to be a dad?
DS: Super excited. I was nervous about learning how to swaddle. For all you new dads out there it really spooks you because you don’t want to swaddle too tight. You are afraid you are going to squeeze the baby and things of that nature. That was the first thing that came to my mind. The other thing was when I got my first shower from my son. I was like yes I am a true dad now. (Both laugh.)
AE: What are some of the core values you look to instill in your kids as they grow up?
DS: I have two sons and two daughters. The biggest thing that I always encourage them is to look at themselves in the mirror and make sure that they are being the best that they can be every day. If you can be the best you than you can go out and be a positive citizen in the world with so much going on. That is the biggest thing. Work hard and be the best you can be and everything else will fall into place.
AE: What advice do you have for new dads?
DS: Swaddling is always key. Once you figure how to swaddle the more likely your kid will sleep through the night. How do you find that routine to make sure your kid will sleep? Make sure you don’t fall asleep when you are feeding your kid. Next thing you know you wake up and milk will be all over the place. (Both laugh.)
Life of Dad Quick Five
AE: Do you guys have a favorite family movie that you all love to watch together?
DS: It is funny you ask that. My wife and I were talking about this. The only movie we still watch is The Incredibles. We might watch that once a month or every two months.
AE: Do you guys have a favorite song that you all like to sing to or dance to as a family?
DS: We don’t have a favorite song. With the way that the Hip Hop music is going and seeing what the kids are up to. Right now Juju on that Beat has all the kids dancing to that. Went to a father daughter dance with my nine year old. Whatever the hottest song is that day my kids keep me up on it.
DS: The perfect vacation is in Hawaii with the kids. On the beach. Sipping some lemonade for the kids and the grown folks would be sipping on some grown folk beverages and just relaxing.
AE: Favorite pair of kicks you liked playing in was?
DS: I have two shoes. I am going to catch the true sneakerheads listening. The old school PRO-Keds back in the mid-80s. Then you have the Puma Sky LX’s. Those were so comfortable. If you remember Vince Carter wore those in the first six months. Something happened contract wise and then he went over to Nike. Ralph Sampson might have worn those. Those two shoes were the most comfortable ones I had in the mid-80s. I used to love playing in those two pairs of shoes. My favorite shoe to walk in is the old school adidas Top Ten.
AE: Was there a team or player that you considered your number one rival during your playing days?
DS: I didn’t have a real rival. During my Orlando days playing against Indiana was always tough. Probably Indiana and Chicago. We were the only team in the 90’s to beat Michael Jordan and the Bulls. We lost to Indiana the first year we made the playoffs. Then we came back next year to beat them to go to the Finals.
Follow Dennis on Twitter @3DTV.