Dwight Hardy gets another shot to land on NBA roster, trying out with Miami Heat's summer league team, while Iona's Scott Machado does the same for Houston. (Hardy photo courtesy of ESPN, Machado photo courtesy of Iona College)
Two local point guards that were inexplicably snubbed in each of the last two NBA Drafts now have a chance to prove the teams that passed on them wrong.
Dwight Hardy, the blue-collar floor general from the Bronx that was the driving force behind St. John's 2011 trip to the NCAA Tournament, will be playing for the Miami Heat's summer league team in Las Vegas after being named the Liga Due Most Valuable Player in his rookie season for Pistoia Basket in Italy. Should he make the cut, Hardy would be a dynamic and refreshing change of pace to incumbent Mario Chalmers, and will be able to run the ball screen for LeBron James in much the same way he perfected it in college with former running mate Justin Brownlee. Hardy's teammates D.J. Kennedy, Justin Burrell and Anthony Mason Jr. will also be in action this summer along with Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Maurice Harkless. For more information on how and where to catch the Red Storm alumni this summer, our friends at Rumble In The Garden have you covered.
Just over the Whitestone Bridge and Hutchinson River Parkway, reigning MAAC Player of the Year Scott Machado will also get a look this summer. Machado, who was not drafted despite several first-round projections, is playing in Sin City as well, but with the Houston Rockets' squad. Machado headlines an intriguing group of invitees according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, and would be the backup to Goran Dragic should he make the team, which he has more than a decent chance of doing. Machado would be perfect for Houston's developing young core, which includes first-round draft picks Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones.
All of the Las Vegas summer league games start on July 13th and continue through the 18th.