Point guard Scott Machado was a standout while in college playing for Iona. In his senior season in 2011-2012, Machado averaged a solid 13.6 points, 9.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting a solid 49.5 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent from beyond-the-arc. He’s had a little rougher time trying to make it in the NBA, though.
In the 2012 draft, Machado wasn’t selected. However, the Houston Rockets extended him an invitation to the Las Vegas Summer League, where he played averagely. In five games he averaged eight points, 5.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game, but shot only 38.9 percent from the floor and only 28.6 percent from three.
He played for the Rockets briefly in the regular season, but appeared in only six games and playing a total of only 21 minutes. He spent most of last year in the D-League, though, playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Santa Cruz Warriors. He played for the Warriors after being waived by the Rockets in January.
In 28 games overall in the D-League last season, Machado averaged 8.9 points, 5.1 assists, one steal and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting only 37.6 percent from the floor and 32.5 percent from three. He firmly established himself as a solid overall point guard and above-average facilitator, but showed his weakness in his scoring efficiency.
The bad news for Machado is that it’s hard to imagine him making an already point guard heavy Jazz final roster. Utah already has Trey Burke, Alec Burks and John Lucas III on guaranteed contracts for this season, which leaves little-to-no room for Machado. At just 23 years old, Machado still has the chance to continue developing in the D-League and possibly be a solid NBA player one day. As he heads into Jazz camp, though, it doesn’t seem like his time.
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