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My take on our point guard of the future predicament, and why we may need little more than a 2nd rounder to get him

Scott Machado is his name. I've been following him or the majority of this college basketball season. He plays for Iona, and leads the NATION in assists, and he is by no means one dimensional. His averages are 13.3, 10.1, 5.2, and 1.6 steals a game. His percentages are just as impressive, as he's shooting 47.9 from the field. He's shooting 40.5 from downtown, and that's on 3 attempts a game. As expected he's a good free throw shooter, at 82.5. Hell, he even recorded a triple double the other day. I think it's obvious why he would fit with the Jazz. He can knock down the three ball, which I think is very important for a PG in our system. Harris has had so many open looks this year that he couldn't convert on. He's quick, and seems to be a solid defender. He's listed at 6'1 180, so he's not a big PG, but he may not be undersized either. Machado also creates opportunities for teammates. Sure, he averages 10 assists a game. But if your able to watch a game of his, he can make those fun, creative passes that we just aren't getting. Lastly, he can score the ball.

This leads me to my last point, or question. If this kid is so good, why is he projected to be a late 2nd round pick? I think there's a couple of reasons. He's still a bit of an unknown. He goes to a small school, and didn't come on to the national map until his senior year. If they get into the tournament, I think his draft stock goes way up. But here's the reason I was getting to. The NBA doesn't value 6'1 SG's very highly. Scott was a combo guard for most of his career. He was the type of player who was a scorer, but had a pretty rare ability to make good passes from time to time, and for a combo guard had a nice point/assist line. At the beginning of the off season the coach had a private meeting with him, saying that he wanted to move him to PG. Not only would it benefit the team, but he thought Machado's game was more suited for that of a PG, and that he could be an NBA caliber PG. This was the first that Scott had heard of being an NBA player. He spent the off season on making that adjustment, and has blossomed in his new position. Not only is he averaging 10 assists, but his turnovers have not gone up at all. In fact, his turnovers by year look like this: 3.5,3.1,3.4,3.3. He's shooting 7% higher than he ever has from the field, 6% higher from downtown, and 13% higher from the line. Perhaps the most impressive part is that he's done all this while averaging .1 more points a game. He's a guy that knows how to score the ball, has done it all his life, but is a pass first player now. I think this is the main reason his name isn't as recognizable as it should be. Whether his draft stock rises or remains stagnant, this guy could be a steal.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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