During the Los Angeles Lakers‘ recent loss to the Golden State Warriors, a new face took the court for the purple and gold, point guard Kendall Marshall. He was a desperation signing last week in an effort to add depth to a Lakers’ point guard squad that has been decimated by injury. All three rostered point guards in Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are out for various injuries, with Farmar the closest to a return to the court. Add in the horrible news to recently returned superstar Kobe Bryant, and few options were left for Lakers but to add another guard, as small forward Xavier Henry has been forced into a starting point guard role.
Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of the North Carolina by the Phoenix Suns, and since then, he hasn’t done much. He appeared is 48 games last year for an average of 15 minutes a game with three points and three assists to go along with it. Since then, he’s been playing in the D-League for the Delaware 87ers.
For now, Marshall will back up Henry at the point guard position and saw six minutes of action in the game against the Warriors, putting up three points with a whopping four turnovers. It’s going to be a tough road for him to earn more minutes, even in this decimated back court, but there are minutes to be had if he proves himself on the court. Meanwhile, Farmar will be reevaluated this coming week to gauge his progress on his torn hamstring and will look to return in the near future (Christmas Day, maybe?).
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