Kendall Marshall is hoping this offseason is good to him. So are the Phoenix Suns.
Marshall needs to show the Suns that he was a good selection in the NBA draft in 2012 and that they can expect far more production from him in 2013-14. Marshall did show some of his potential in the final game of the regular season for Phoenix. But if he’s going to make it full-time with the Suns next season, he’s going to have to demonstrate more of his playmaking ability, which is his true talent.
The regular season ended for Phoenix in a 118-98 loss. But it was an eye-opener for the Suns when they saw Marshall run the offense when he was on the floor for 41 minutes. He was only 1-of-5 from the floor and scored two points. But Marshall dished out 14 assists. He had two other games with double figures in late March in which he dished out 13 and 10 assists respectively.
Marshall showed the Suns last year that he can dish the ball out whenever he’s given an opportunity to be on the floor. He needs to show more potential in attacking the basket.
Only once all season did he hit double figures in scoring attempts. Marshall had better be working on his shooting percentage during the offseason. He was 37.1 percent in field goals, 31.5 percent in three-pointers and 57.1 percent in free throws. All three set of numbers need to go up dramatically if Marshall plans on having much of a future with the Suns.