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Los Angeles Lakers: Is Kendall Marshall A Building Block?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a dismal season so far, but there have been some positives as the franchise faces an inevitable rebuilding process.

The results for the Lakers haven’t gone their way, and they are currently a few spots out of the playoffs. With Kobe Bryant sidelined until further notice, Los Angeles doesn’t have much of a chance to do something this season; however, several players have gained a lot in looking towards the future and have taken advantage of the opportunity given this year.

No player has embraced that chance more than point guard Kendall Marshall. After being dumped by the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards, Marshall has found a new home in L.A. and has taken his play to a whole new level.

The 22-year-old is currently running the show for the Lakers since the other three floor generals – Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake – are sidelined with different injuries and so far, he has given a huge spark to the team. His pass-first mentality has allowed other players to flourish offensively.

He has picked up 10 assists in nine of his last 12 contests, averaging 12.1 points and 11.9 dimes. Even though it’s a small sample size, the Lakers could have a valuable piece looking towards the future of the franchise.

Marshall is a great passer and has evolved into a solid shooter from beyond the arc, converting almost half of his three-point attempts in 12 starts with L.A. His skill set seems the perfect complement for players like Bryant and Nick Young, and it seems like he could have a bright future with the Lakers. He has definitely earned his role in the starting lineup, and Los Angeles might have found quite a steal when they signed the former North Carolina Tar Heels standout.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google