Scott Machado moved one step closer to NBA with preseason debut for Houston Rockets Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)
When Scott Machado signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets last month, there was still a large portion of fans and media who honestly did not know what to expect from the point guard who led the nation in assists last season en route to winning MAAC Player of the Year honors and guiding Iona College to an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Gaels' first since 2006. In his subsequent practices, Machado had won most over with his passing ability, which will be an integral part of the guard's game as he attempts to enter the coming season as the Rockets' backup at the point behind former New York Knick Jeremy Lin. Two nights ago, he took the court for his first exhibition action.
Wearing No. 14, Machado only played a shade under eight minutes in Houston's 107-105 victory over the reigning Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder, but his contributions in that brief period were notable, tallying two points on a pair of free throws, while racking up three assists and one rebound as well. Those numbers may not look like much, but when averaged for a 48-minute NBA game, Machado's statistics equate to twelve points, eighteen assists and six rebounds, a stat line he approached; and sometimes eclipsed, at Iona, where his triple-double against Marist on February 12th was just the second in program history.
Machado and the Rockets take the court again tonight against the New Orleans Hornets for their second preseason game, continuing a stretch of five games in seven days that concludes Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.