Kendall Marshall has been sent by the Phoenix Suns to the D-League to get minutes with the Bakersfield Jam.
The 21-year-old is not happy with the decision but understands he needs to stay fit and get extended playing minutes.
“They want me to keep up my conditioning, as well as getting game time,” said the point guard.
Marshall is still early on in his career and throughout college at North Carolina he has always been the best play-maker on the court. Success at high school and college at the point does not necessarily mean that it will continue into the NBA. Whilst playing at the point you need to be a good passer for sure, but it’s also about running the offense and defending the other end of the court.
There have been concerns over the latter as Marshall has been restricted to the role of the 13th man. He managed 16 minutes on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons, where he recorded his first bucket as he knocked down a three from the right hand side of the court.
Previous to Wednesday’s game he had only played 18 minutes in 14 games as he has been used to mop up games.
“After three minutes, I was gassed,
“I hadn’t played that long in a long time.”
The move to Bakersfield means that game time will be significantly increased as he looks to improve on his game. There has been no set time limit on the move, but with the form that Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair it could be for a prolonged time.