Former Iona College point guard Scott Machado made the opening-night roster of the Houston Rockets, but did not dress in the 105-96 win at Detroit.
The NCAA leader in assists last season earned his spot on the extended roster playing behind two former Knicks, Jeremy Lin and Toney Douglas. He signed a three-year, partially guaranteed contract, according to Slam-Online.
This summer, Machado played in the Las Vegas Summer League and scored eight points per game while handing out 5.6 assists. He commented on the signing to Slam-Online:
They know I’m a great passer, I feel like every day I progressed and got better just getting more comfortable and more used to the style of play and the pace of the game, the players around me.
Machado spent his NCAA career playing for Iona in New Rochelle, NY. In his senior season, he scored 13.6 points per game and averaged a shade under 10 assists—tops in all of Division I. He averaged over 49 percent from the field last year and over 40 percent on three-pointers.
Machado teamed with forward Mike Glover to form a potent combo for the Gaels. Glover was the beneficiary of much of the point guard's excellent passing. As juniors, Machado and Glover led Iona to the finals of the CIT postseason championship. As seniors, the two helped Iona gain a berth in the NCAA tournament, where the Gaels lost to BYU 78-72.
Iona Sports Information Director Brian Beyer told me to expect to see Machado assigned by Houston to play in the NBA Development League, which starts play in late November.
For Machado, this should provide an opportunity to make adjustments to the pro game and showcase his skills as a great passing player.
Scott Machado is a very hardworking and mature young man. He grew quite a bit as a leader between his junior and senior year when he played on the Brazilian national team in the World University Games.
This growth was evident in his play during his senior year, as he built his relationship with Iona backcourt partner Lamont "Momo" Jones.
You have to imagine that in a league like the NBA—where scoring is prized—a player who prides himself on setting up other players should be highly valued. It may take a bit of time, but expect to see Scott Machado as a starting point guard setting up some of the big names in the game.
Ken Kraetzer covers Iona basketball and West Point football for WVOX 1460 AM in New Rochelle, NY. Twitter: SAL50NYRadio