Former Iona standout Scott Machado is officially on the NBA Houston Rockets' active roster.
Machado, a 6-foot-1 point guard who did enough in the preseason to earn a non-guaranteed three-year deal with the Rockets, did not play for the team in its initial early season games and was sent to the Rio Grande team in the NBA's Developmental League. There, in two games, he averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per contest.
Machado, whose 9.9 assist-per-game average at Iona last year led all Division I players, was recalled to Houston in time for Tuesday night's 117-101 victory over Toronto, but did not see action.
Former New York Knicks' standout Jeremy Lin is entrenched as the Rockets' starting point guard, but his backup, Toney Douglas, reportedly hasn't been overly effective thus far. Douglas is averaging 5.9 points per game, but only shooting 30 percent from the field. He is averaging 1.8 assists against 1.6 turnovers per game thus far.
Reports from a variety of sources indicate that Machado's activation indicates he might get a chance to replace Douglas as Lin's primary back-up.