Kendall Marshall On the trading Block
It was reported during the Hawks vs. Spurs Summer League game that the suns are basically trying to give Kendall Marshall Away. Is he worth a trading for, I never really liked his game. A great passer, subpar athlete, weak shooter, not aggressive scorer, and weak defender. Opinions?
He looked good tonight, had six assists I think and hit two big threes towards the end of the game. IT was only one game in summer league, but I don't see why someone wouldn't want to develop him. And with his passing ability I would say its worth it if he doesn't cost much to get.
I didn't understand the such high praise for marshall either coming out of college.It was similar to when mateen cleaves went lotto and people were like he cant shoot at all, he isn't quick or athletic but he is true pg and winner and you cant measure that. If you say so. Just didn't make sense to me and I felt the same about kendall. At least with guys like rondo, westbrook and even going back to Jason kidd for pg's who couldn't really shoot, they were all elite athletes who could get wherever they wanted on the court and blow by guys.
I said it before he got drafted, and I'll say it again. He is not a NBA player plain and simple.
He has the passing and bball iq you can't teach. He lacks great athleticism and quickness, but lots of players can over come this with a work ethic and playing with their heads not just their bodies. The one thing he does need to learn though is to shoot, which can be taught. This is what makes unathletic pass first point guards work in this league (like Nash and Calderon). He won't ever be on their level but its a comparison to live up to. When Calderon first came into the league he couldn't shoot a lick and pretty much sucked (I'm a raptors fan, I know lol). But during the one off season they taught him to shoot, and with his work ethic and natural passing abilities he became a really good player. I think Marshall could have that type of change.
So as a raptors fan, I know we need a backup point guard and a pass first guy would be great. So I'd propose the trade of Marshall and Shannon brown (coach doesn't like him in Phoenix) for Kleiza (an expiring contract, whih is all they pretty much want).
I thought he was overrated prior to the draft last year. Lacks athleticism, can't shoot, poor defender, but a great passer. I think his future is a back up PG. A change of scenery would benefit him since the Suns have Dragic and Bledsoe.
Austin Rivers and Kendall Marshall are both seeming like future busts to me. I dont like calling a player a bust this early, but I'm not sure Marshall's game is tailored for the NBA's pace and style.
I mean isn't Andre Miller still a viable player though he's not a good shooter, isn't an athlete, he's just an IQ and good passer player. I would take a chance on him.
Andre Miller's career field goal percentage is 46%. Kendall Marshall shot 37% last year.
Wasn't slow he just didnt have elite athleticism. Plus Andre would post up smaller guards to get to the hole and make plays. Marshal needs to work on his body and be a post up pg at times or watch someone like Sam Cassell (He wont ever shot this good any time soon) and develop a mid game where he uses a high/low post game to score. 6'4' 200sih He has combo potential if he develops. Heck Dragic was the same player he is now just a lil quicker. I'd keep marshall if I was phoenix.
Kendall Marshall can be decent but he's on a team that doesn't allow him to play to his strengths. Last year when he was in the game he was normally surrounded by a lineup such as PJ Tucker, Wesley Johnson, and one of the Morris twins, if not both. You could sub out anyone of those players for the talented but inefficient duo of Beasley and Shannon Brown.
As a pass first PG and great passer you will look terrible playing with such horrendous lineups. Almost all of those players have single digit offensive ratings. The best scorer on the team, was Dragic who he rarely played with because he was HIS sub. A great passer, with high awareness has no value on a team devoid of scoring talent and full of ow basketball IQ players. It's much like being a great relief pitcher on the worst team in baseball.