Scott Machado is simply fighting for a spot on the Utah Jazz roster. The good news is that with a young lineup, the Jazz are opening up spots for players like Machado, who are determined to have good a good preseason and training camp.
In limited playing time last year as a rookie with the Houston Rockets, the Jazz guard averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 assists per game.
At Iona, Machado was outstanding in assists, but still was not drafted by an NBA team, and saw little time as a rookie. Now with the Jazz, he’s hoping he’ll have his chance to shine. He also played in five playoff games with the Golden State Warriors, and saw action in 28 D-League games, and gained all-rookie first team honors
If the Jazz give Machado a sold chance to see what he can do during the preseason, and if he’s outstanding while getting looked at, he will impress coaches the way he sees the floor and can pass to an open teammate. He’s had a reputation for his big shots in key moments. The coaches will also like the way he handles pressure. His rebounding isn’t too shabby, either.
What Machado will need to prove to coaches is that he can be composed under pressure, play reliable defense and make better decisions on when to pass and when to shoot.
Machado can be somewhat of an impact for the Jazz if he raises his game a few notches and shows he can get the job done from off the bench. But he’s going to have a lot of competition for a roster spot and needs to play the best basketball of his life in the preseason.