Many Jazz fans might remember Scott Machado from his performance against the BYU Cougars in the first round of the NCAA tournament two years ago with Iona. MAchado played in six games last season with the Houston Rockets before being cut in January. While on the Rockets he averaged a point and assist a game in 3.5 minutes. Not really much to go on other than in the D-League he averaged roughly 9 points and 5 assists per game with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
With the Jazz roster being almost fully set the chances of Machado making the team come down to competing for the 3rd point guard spot against Jereal McNeal. McNeal already has a partially guaranteed contract with the Jazz that he signed last year. The reason Machado makes the team instead of McNeal in my opinion is Dennis Lindsey is very fond of Brazilian born players. Along with Neto whom the Jazz drafted this year, Lindsey has been keeping an eye on these products due to his time with Tiago Splitter.
Something to remember is the Jazz always carry three point guards on the active roster and this year will likely not be any different. The Jazz also like every other team can maintain a roster of 15 spots meaning the Jazz could carry both McNeal and Machado if they have the salary cap available which they will. Don’t be surprised when Machado makes the team as I was a huge supporter of Machado in his college days and thought the Jazz would draft him in the second round.