Iona's Scott Machado sees the Knicks' point
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Scott Machado is known for reading defenses, but he also has a pretty good read on the Knicks.
After his predraft workout for Mike Woodson and the Knicks on Thursday, Machado said they need help at the point guard position. The former Iona standout and Queens product sees himself as a good fit for the team he grew up watching.
"For any point guard that wants to play here, I feel like it's a good opportunity," Machado said. "They got some players that are banged up, hurt or some players that are retiring or old.
"As far as the opportunity here, it's a wonderful spot, they have a lot of pieces. Somewhere they need to grow solid in is the point guard spot. That's my opinion. I feel like it's a good opportunity for any point guard."
The only Knicks point guard under contract for next season is Toney Douglas. Jeremy Lin is a restricted free agent who the Knicks are expected to re-sign, but he remains mostly unproven. Iman Shumpert is rehabbing from knee surgery and could miss the first two months of the season.
So the Knicks will be in the market for a point guard this offseason whether it's in the draft, through free agency or in a trade. A veteran is their preference, but Machado, who played three years at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset before transferring to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., could be on the Knicks' radar if he slips to them at 48 in the June 28 NBA Draft.
"It would be a wonderful feeling to be able to stay home," Machado said.
The Knicks were Machado's fifth pre-draft workout thus far. He also worked out for Philadelphia, Boston, San Antonio and attended the Nets' Draft Combine last weekend. Machado said Washington and Golden State are next up for him.
Machado led the nation in assists as a senior, averaging 9.9 per game. He ended his career as the all-time assists leader at Iona and in the MAAC. But coming from a small school, Machado said he still feels he has something to prove every time he steps on the court and continues to try to make a name for himself. He said looks at Lin, an undrafted poing guard from Harvard, as an inspiration.
"It does inspire me," Machado said. "It inspires anybody. He went to two different teams before he landed here. The league is full of opportunities and once you get that opportunity to show your skills you've got to take advantage."
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