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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Iona PG Scott Machado
Posted By Kevin Dillon On June 24, 2012 @ 1:35 pm In General | No Comments
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics  own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins  trade) and 51.
Position: Point guard
Weight: 206 pounds
Achievements: 2012 MAAC Player of the Year, 2012 All-MAAC first team, 2012 All-MAAC Tournament team, 2011 All-MAAC first team, 2011 All-MAAC Tournament team, 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year
Key 2011-12 stats: 13.6 points, 9.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 35.5 minutes, 3.3 turnovers, 49.5 FG%, 40.4 3P%
What he brings: Machado is a pure point guard with very good passing ability and court awareness. He has good decision-making ability and has improved his jump shot enough to be considered a backup point guard option at the NBA level.
Machado does not have the ideal size for an NBA point guard and is not quick enough to be a reliable perimeter defender against pro talent. He is a compact 6-foot-2 and does not have the length to make up for his lack of lateral quickness.
Machado is not likely to be a starting NBA point guard, but he could serve as a solid bench option at the pro level.
Where the Celtics could get him: Machado is projected as a late second-round pick if he is selected at all, so the Celtics have options should they be looking for a backup for Rajon Rondo .
Notes: Machado led all of Division 1 last season with 281 total assists (9.9 per game). He is the all-time leader in Iona and MAAC history with 880 career assists. ‘¦ If Machado is drafted, he will be the first player from Iona selected since Sean Green went to the Pacers in the second round in 1991.
Video: Here is a highlight package of Machado (3) in his team’s matchup with Niagara on Jan. 6.
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URLs in this post:
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Detroit Free Press: Iona point guard Scott Machado on Pistons’ radar: http://www.freep.com/article/20120607/SPORTS03/120607041/detroit-pistons-nba-draft-combine-chicago-predraft
 ESPN: Iona’s Machado inspired by Linsanity: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/20162/ionas-machado-inspired-by-linsanity
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