Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Should Celtics Sign Scott Machado?

Sources say the Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge is considering signing undrafted free agent point guard, Scott Machado.

Machado was an outstanding guard for Iona averaging 14 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals a game. When his named wasn’t announced in last June’s NBA draft I couldn’t help but wonder if the Celtics would keep the youngster in mind; and it looks like they did.

After the 2012 NBA Draft he opted to join the Houston Rockets summer league team. He averaged eight points, six assists and two rebounds a game and was not offered a contract.

He can be a solid rotation player for the Celtics and has the ability to distribute the ball well while Rondo gets his rest. Dooling is a knock down three-point shooter when he is hot, but he is a one-dimensional player who struggles at facilitating the floor.

In college, Machado proved he’s a great facilitator when he led the NCAA in assists (topping first-rounder Kendall Marshall) and carried Iona into the NCAA tournament.  His pass first-shoot second mentality is something Rondo would love about him. And I’m sure under his wings Machado can form into a solid backup point guard.

On a team like the Celtics, he’d be surrounded by scorers and wouldn’t be required to score while playing with Jason Terry and Jeff Green. Celtics should definitely give him a shot before another team leaps at the opportunity. 

Josue Pavon

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