Phoenix Suns Rookie Point Guard Kendall Marshall Off to a Slow Start to His Career

By Craig Ballard
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns got accustomed to having an outstanding point guard facilitate their offense, so when it was clear to them that they were going to lose Steve Nash, they hoped to address replacing him with their first round draft pick – Kendall Marshall. Don’t get me wrong, they did not have delusions that this young man could ever be on Nash’s level, but Marshall was considered the best pure point guard in the draft so I understand their strategy to add him to their team.

Marshall is a guy who is looking to get his teammates involved before looking to get his own points, but on the NBA stage so far we have seen very little to get excited about and make us think he has a big future. I am concerned about him on the NBA level.

The month of February has seen a massive jump in playing time for Marshall as he was getting just 5-6 minutes per game, but this month he is getting 17. The added playing time has not really produced great results as he is scoring just three points and adding under three helpers per game while the Suns have gone just 2-9 this month.

The trade of Sebastian Telfair could mean that there will continue to be minutes for Marshall, but he is not exactly killing it out there plus Diante Garrett is back from the D-League and he has been getting playing time in this past week so the former North Carolina Tarheels star has to pick his game way up (soon too). Suns fans have to hope that Lindsey Hunter can help develop Marshall going forward.

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