From the...genius that is Doug Gottlieb (insider only). I am struggling to decide whether it is truly a compliment to say that a guy's continuum of comparables is located between two so disparate players (you'll see). Doug advocates for taking a guy like Scott Machado over a guy like Kendall Marshall because his defensive inadequacies are more a product of the system his team played than a lack of skill, and that he's a more versatile offensive weapon. To wit:
Machado is a better passer off penetration than Marshall, thanks somewhat to his NYC style of attacking the rim, only to drop off an assist. Like Marshall, Machado is a poor defender... for now. It is not that Machado isn't quick or strong, it is just that Iona took a ton of chances defensively, and because of that philosophy, he has never locked in at that end. But the tools are there.
The biggest differences are on offense. Machado's jump shot, which is vastly improved, and explosive first step allow him to break down a defense because he can look to score, not just pass. Although Machado has a lot of holes in his game that will take time to close up -- like the fact he doesn't really use ball screens nor defend them well -- he can turbo-charge an NBA second unit with his passing, scoring and explosiveness. At worst, Machado is Sebastian Telfair. At best, he is Stephon Marbury.
Yes, I know, Marbury actually was a pretty damn good player, especially during a seven year run ( from the year the Wolves sent him to Jersey through his first full year as a Knick) where he averaged 40 minutes, 21 points and 8 assists a game. If Machado hits that ceiling, many a team will be eating the proverbial crow.
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