Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall Continuing to Struggle

By Cody Williams
Kendall Marshall Suns
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It’s been a few weeks since the Phoenix Suns have had a whole lot to play for in the 2012-2013 NBA season. Though they assembled a group of quality players, they have a team with no cohesion and with no drive. This has clearly manifested itself in their 23-51 record this season, the worst record in the Western Conference.

One thing being well out of the playoffs and at the bottom of the conference has allowed for the Suns to do, though, is allow their young and inexperienced players have more minutes on court. Wesley Johnson, Markieff Morris, Hamed Haddadi and Kendall Marshall have all seen more game time over the past few weeks. Of all of these inexperienced players, Kendall Marshall has struggled the most.

Marshall started the season with Phoenix. However, after a couple of weeks of not being used, he was sent down to the D-League. Later in the season though, when the Suns realized that this season was relatively hopeless, Marshall was recalled from the D-League and has actually been seeing a decent amount of play-time as a backup point guard.

Marshall played in 15 games in the month of March and averaged 18.4 minutes per game. In that time, he produced just four points, 4.1 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game whil also turning the ball over 1.7 times per game. Marshall’s efficiency has also been an issue, shooting just 34.8 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond-the-arc.

In college, Marshall was viewed as more of a floor general and facilitator rather than a scoring point guard. However, shooting under 35 percent from the floor is a bit ridiculous. Marshall either needs to take fewer shots when he’s on the floor or take shots at a higher percentage. If he doesn’t grow and develop over the remaining games this season, it might be back to the D-League for him next season.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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