The Jazz have the rights to one Brazilian point guard and now they have signed one more.
The Jazz have signed Scott Machado.— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) September 24, 2013
Scott Machado played for the Houston Rockets then landed with the Golden State Warriors later in the season. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Rockets. He played for Iona in college.
During his senior year Scott Machado was a ball distributor extraordinaire. In fact for his entire career he was a ball distributor extraordinaire. I'm really intrigued to see how Scott does in training camp. I'm rooting for him. I honestly believe that he has a chance to stick with this roster. His competition is John Lucas, Ian Clark, and Jerel McNeal. He has a very realistic shot at a season in Utah.
Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com recently projected who would gain the most from the next two NBA Drafts. The Utah Jazz were rated 5th on this list. Not bad for a team that doesn't plan on being invested heavily in the 2015 NBA Draft.
5. Utah Jazz (7.1 WARP from draft picks)
With a solid young core in place, the Jazz are unlikely to factor into the mix for the league's worst record, but should still land a top-10 selection this season. Utah also holds Golden State's unprotected first-round pick this season, which has plenty of upside if the Warriors suffer injuries that cause them to fall short of expectations.
Not bad. Not bad at all. The real wild card in the equation is the Warriors pick. Crazier things have happened.
According to Jason Kubatko of ESPN.com the 13th pick of the NBA Draft is worth more than the 11th and 12th pick when one analyzes the worth of picks from that position of the draft.
No. 13 pick | Average Career Score: 35.5
Top 3: Karl Malone (140.0), Kobe Bryant (114.7), Dale Davis (64.5)
Bottom 3: Marcus Haislip (0.6), Michael Smith (1.4), Pearl Washington (1.8)
Even though they were selected 13th, the duo of Malone and Bryant has a higher combined score than every other top two with the exception of Duncan and Robinson.
Washington, a star at Syracuse, was left unprotected in the expansion draft after just two unproductive seasons in New Jersey. After yet another poor season with the Miami Heat, Washington was released and never played in another NBA game.
As Kubatko points out, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant REALLY sway the metric here. Maybe teams shouldn't tank as much.
David Locke has a gut feeling that Gordon Hayward won't be signed to an extension before training camp.
David Locke told @1280sports that he doesn't expect the Jazz to sign Hayward to an extension. Do you agree? #JazzNation— Jazz Nation (@WeAreJazzNation) September 24, 2013
I agree with this position. Unfortunately, the Utah Jazz and others around the league don't know what Hayward is worth. He has played in limited action for the past 3 years. There have been stretches where he has played 30+ minutes but in between those opportunities there are a lot of 25 minute and under games. That's not enough to place a long term value on a player who might end up being a role player on most teams.
Now do I think that he will end up being a role player? No. I think Gordon Hayward has the potential to be a special player in the league and a very versatile one at that. But the Utah Jazz are looking at this extension and how much risk they would be taking upon themselves if they allowed Gordon Hayward to go to restricted free agency. If they allow him to go to restricted free agency I think they are acknowledging the risk that they could end up paying the max for him if he plays to his potential. At the same time, they acknowledge the risk of paying him too early and too much with small sample size evidence as the bedrock for an agreement. I think it is a smart move.
Favors on the other hand ... sign the extension and lock him in. It has already been well established that big guys, regardless of talent, get paid insane amounts of cash. Avoid the high priced bidding and lock Favors in. It will be worth it.
I'm sure many of you have heard by now that the league is planning on having a games in which the players where the nicknames on the back of their jerseys. If you had to pick the nicknames for current Jazz players what would be on the back of them? Here's mine:
Trey Burke - East African Women
Alec Burks - Trey Burke
Gordon Hayward - OG
Favors - Sexual Favors
Kanter - [Redacted]
Rudy Gobert - Gumby
Jeremy Evans - OMFG HE POSTERIZED GERALD WALLACE!!!!!!!
Tyrone Corbin - My Other Suit is Bigger Than My Other Suit
I don't know how Jeremy Evans will fit on a jersey but that's not my problem. Take care of it. Get it done. I'm looking at you, scientists. What nicknames would you like to see?