To many fans' surprise in the Big Apple, Iona College alum Scott Machado went undrafted in last summer's NBA Rookie Draft.
Still, the point guard hit the hardwood and let his skill speak for itself while donning a jersey for the Houston Rockets during Summer League in Las Vegas. Displaying good playmaking ability and a thorough defensive effort that hounded opposing floor generals, Machado netted himself what could have turned out to be a multi-year contract, but more importantly, a spot on Houston's roster.
It was clear that Machado had done his part to impress Rockets' brass, and management had intrigue about the type pf promise the young gun might hold for the future. In an interview earlier this season, Rockets' Vice President (and acting RGV Vipers General Manager) Gersson Rosas told RidiculousUpside.com that sending Machado to the D-League was key in his development, both with regard to getting him minutes and an opportunity to truly run a team.
The Queens, New York product certainly tried to make the most of his time, averaging 12 points and 7.1 assists through 11 contests with the Vipers. The fact was that as impressive as Machado may have been, Houston's other resident point guards already on the roster made it difficult for him to earn some more burn in The Association.
When it came time for all non-guarenteed contracts to lock in and become guaranteed for the rest of the season earlier this month, Machado was let go just days before the NBA D-League Showcase.
Perhaps the Rockets had already gotten a chance to like what they saw, and didn't want to feature him in the minors for other executives. Less than a month later, Houston's still existent interest and intrigue in Machado has once again been confirmed. He has signed a contract with the Vipers, and now will be playing in the D-League once again.
It's worth noting, however, how closely and seamlessly the Rockets and Vipers are run with regard to assisting one another. Houston's management team is very invested in NBADL basketball, and their eye for talent and appreciation continues to be proven. Top D-League prospect Andrew Goudelock told RidiculousUpside.com at the Showcase that he not only enjoys playing for the organization, but also feels closer to the NBA because of it.
Perhaps such a subsequent move will prove to also be beneficial for Machado as well. If one thing is for sure, it's that he can play. The guard just needs a place to shine as he continues to earn his worth.