As I think I've already established, its never too soon for Pistons fans to discuss the draft. One of my favorite series from the previous two seasons has been our "Draft Day Dreams" series where someone from the community evaluates and provides a collection of analysis on a player that they're particularly interested in. In traditional Boourns fashion, I'm skipping the 1st round and going straight to a player currently projected late in the 2nd.
Currently Projected: 2nd Round, Pick 21
Selected with: 2012 2nd round draft pick from Houston (top 40 protected)
Position: Point Guard
Statline: 13.4 points, 10 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 49% from the field, 41% from 3PT, 82% from the line
In an effort to find my Art Parakhouski of the 2012 draft, I stumbled upon Scott Machado while reading up on other potential point guards coming out of the NCAA this year. Machado is leading the NCAA in assists this year after finishing 2nd in assists the year before. While still under the radar of national scouts, Machado is putting forth a ridiculously efficient season that is a huge step up over his previous three seasons of mediocre shooting.
While we all hope for Anthony Davis in the 1st round, I'm praying for Machado with the draft pick we acquired from Houston. With Houston smack in the middle of the pack, their top 40 protected isn't likely to be invoked this year giving us their draft pick to use.
12 Games of 10 assists or more
6 Games of 14 assists or more
3:1 Assist to Turnover Ratio
Against St. Joseph's: 33 Points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals while shooting 56% from the field and 67% from beyond the long line
Against Purdue: 14 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds
Against WMU: 17 points, 15 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and a block
He pushes Iona to the 4th highest points per game in the NCAA at 83.2
Joe Dumars loves his guards and unlike the last 37 that he's drafted, this guy actually passes the ball! Using our 2nd of 2 2nd round draft picks on this guy is sure to net value this late in the draft. That said, if Iona makes the big dance and/or we see a number of underclassmen hold off on entering the draft due to the depth expected in the 1st round, Machado could elevate his status to late 1st round/early 2nd round. If he's available with our first pick in the 2nd round, and Joe Dumars isn't stupid and drafts a guard in the 1st, I still think we should look his way early on in the 2nd.
What DraftExpress has to say:
Machado spent the summer representing Brazil at the World University Games, and has entered this season with an improved conditioning level and leaner physique, giving him a quicker burst with the ball in hands, and the ability run Iona's up-tempo offense for over 36 minutes per game so far this season.
Standing 6'1” with a strong, sturdily built frame, Machado isn't a top notch athlete at the point guard position by NBA standards, but he does appear to have the physical tools to be able to compete on both ends of the floor as long as he maintains his conditioning level.
On the offensive end, Machado does much of his damage in transition, leading Iona's high-octane attack and showing excellent court vision leading the break with the ability to thread the needle to a teammate running the floor or find an open shooter at the 3-point line. He has a great command of the ball and moves very fluidly and confidently with the dribble with a nice top speed, while also having a knack for making difficult passes look easy.
In the half-court, Machado is less dynamic, but is still very effective thanks to the extra burst he has this season, which enables him to get into the paint more frequently off the bounce. He shows excellent passing instincts when attacking the basket, whether it be dump-offs to cutters for layups or kick-outs to open shooters. His lack of size and vertical explosiveness hurts him an a finisher, however, and would likely be a bigger issue in the NBA with the longer, more athletic players he'd face once he entered the paint.
Defensively is where scouts will likely have their biggest questions marks with Machado. Iona mixes up its defenses quite a bit, with some pressing and some zone, so Machado hasn't had to play as much half-court man-to-man. In what we could see, however, he looks like he has some work to do to defend point guards at the NBA level. His lateral quickness looks mediocre, he's a bit on the smaller side, and he's been beaten off the dribble badly on a few occasions and also has done a poor job fighting through screens. Some of this could be correctable and some could be a result of the system he's in, but this will likely be an area that NBA teams will want to get a better gauge of as they assess his potential at the next level.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz1lLerOQpB
Useful Links on Machado
Basketball-reference Stats Page: http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/scott-machado-1.html
Draft Express Profile: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Scott-Machado-7024/
Radio Interview with Machado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQFJoPeSOrw