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The Phoenix Suns have a number of roster issues that they need to clear up and one guy that isn’t helping their cause is rookie point guard Kendall Marshall. Drafted 13th overall in last summer’s NBA Draft out of North Carolina, he has looked like a colossal bust so far and could have the type of career that a former left-handed pass first point guard had in former Connecticut star Marcus Williams. Williams is no longer playing in the league after flaming out immediately after he was drafted. Marshall plays very similarly to Williams and his offensive game is currently a joke.
He was never a scorer in college and was fortunate to have played with a number of NBA players in Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes. It couldn’t have been that hard to look somewhat good on that loaded of a roster.
The Suns need Marshall to be the franchise player they were hoping they selected last year. The problem is that he really doesn’t appear to be that guy. He will have big trouble scoring consistently, especially from the perimeter. His outside shot is extremely weak and he is not a great free throw shooter either. He is also not a great athlete and lacks the athleticism that you would like out of the point guard position.
The one thing he does do well is passing and it is an ability that could help him stay afloat in this league. Unfortunately for him, he needs to make massive improvements in his all around game just to stay in the league. He has been playing in the Developmental League for a majority of the year, which is also not a great sign.
Marshall was taken with a lottery pick last summer and needs to start performing up to where he was selected.