NBA Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns 2013 Player Profile: Kendall Marshall

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Kendall Marshall was rumored to be on the trading block for the Phoenix Suns at one time. But he’s still on the roster and will be battling for more playing time when the NBA season begins this fall.

Marshall had a rather unimpressive rookie season considering he only saw action in 48 games. He had three starts and only averaged 14.6 minutes  per game, plus 3.0 points and 3.0 assists. Being a playmaker is his main strength, and the Suns would like to use him as much as possible. But he has to prove himself, considering Phoenix brought in some key new faces like Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin. The Suns obviously aren’t going to give Marshall any additional minutes unless he earns them. He also needs to be a more accurate shooter this season considering he was only 37.1 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent in 3-pointers and 57.1 percent in free throws.

Marshall had an encouraging summer league of sorts, shooting around 44 percent from the floor and averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting the ball with confidence. It’s something he needs to carry over into the regular season. The Suns have made some key moves in an effort to improve from their 25-win season, but if Marshall doesn’t show any signs of improvement, he’s likely a gone.

Right now, Marshall’s main value to the team will be running the offense when the first string is not on the court. Coach Jeff Hornacek insists that there will be a role for Marshall at point guard, especially on a fast break team. Marshall just needs to take advantage of whatever minutes the Suns offer him and encourage the Suns to give him more playing time than he got last season.

 John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.