Undrafted NBA Free Agents 2012: Scott Machado and Other PGs Who Will Help Teams

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 3, 2012

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13:  Scott Machado #3 of the Iona Gaels drives on Craig Cusick #2 of the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NBA draft has come and gone.

There was joy from draftees, tears from those who went undrafted and tears of joy from Thomas Robinson.

Undrafted free agents in the NBA don't get as much coverage or respect as their NFL counterparts, but there are a handful of players who will make an impact if a team takes a chance on them.

Three point guards who could step in and run an NBA offense went undrafted in 2012. 

Here they are.


Scott Machado

There's no explanation for why the best passer in the NCAA last season went undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft. Maybe it was because he played at Iona against inferior competition, but a pure passer can pass anywhere he plays.

He's not terribly undersized for a point guard at 6'1". While that is a bit short, he still led the entire country in assists.

Yes, he had more assists per game than Kendall Marshall, Damian Lillard, Tony Wroten Jr. and Marquis Teague, who were all drafted in the first round.

Machado can do a bit of scoring, too. In his senior season, he averaged 13.6 points per game on just 9.5 shots. He shot 49.5 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. He's a good rebounder for his size and got better every year in his college career, improving on both his scoring and assist numbers consistently.

As a Queens, New York native, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the New York Knicks strike a deal with the former Gael if their other free-agency plans fall through.


Tu Holloway

Holloway will start playing with the Toronto Raptors' summer league (h/t Shannon Russell of Cincinnati.com), but that doesn't mean he's on the NBA team.

He'll have to fight his way up the ranks and prove to teams around the league that they made a mistake by choosing not to draft him.

The former Xavier Musketeer isn't a pure passer like Machado, but he's a better scorer. In his senior season with Xavier, he averaged 17 points, 5.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

The "inferior competition" argument goes out the window here, because Tony Wroten Jr. was drafted No. 25 overall, and the Pac-12 was abysmal last season. Granted, Wroten has some more size, but if he can go at No. 25, Holloway could have gone at No. 55.


Jordan Taylor

Taylor led the Wisconsin Badgers with 13.7 points and four dimes per game last season. That's pretty impressive for a point guard in the Big Ten.

He played against the likes of Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio Stage, Indiana and Purdue. Only Penn State and Nebraska finished with overall records below .500.

Taylor's most impressive trait is his ability to take care of the ball. In 36 minutes per game, he turned the ball over just 1.6 times on average.