Suns fans are growing restless with the current front office regime. Seeing the squad miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, fans constantly question every move and the direction of the team. Holding their breaths, fans saw the team draft North Carolina Point Guard Kendall Marshall with the 13th pick. Maybe the team’s future starting Point Guard. Marshall averaged eight points and ten assists last year for the Tar Heels. The knock on him – he lacks foot speed and has an inconsistent outside shot.
The Suns fans I talked to are very lukewarm to this pick. One felt the team should have been more aggressive and traded up for Duke’s Austin Rivers, whose game is suited perfectly for the NBA. He’s an electric player who can create his own shot. When you look at Rivers, he’s really dynamic at getting to the rim. Back to Marshall, the Suns are really high on him, but they would say that either way. Not having an explosive first step is not good, plus his lack of scoring production in college might be a scary sign of things to come.
Let’s compare Marshall to some legendary NBA Point Guards. In Steve Nash’s last year at Santa Clara he averaged seventeen point and six assists, while John Stockton at Gonzaga averaged 21 points and seven assists his senior year. I know, very unfair comparisons, both you have to start some where.
So Marshall has work to do on the offensive side of his game. The good news in his last six games, he averaged 15 points with 10 assists on 58 percent shooting. So that might be a sign his offense is coming together. When Marshall broke his wrist against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels were lost without him, eventually losing to Kansas.
He’s a proven winner, but the question remains will his game succeed in the NBA? A lot of people felt James Harden’s “Old NBA Style Game” wouldn’t translate well in the NBA and he’s proved everyone wrong. So maybe Marshall can do the same You can only hope the Suns re-sign Steve Nash so Marshall can learn from him. It would be great for him to learn from a Hall of Famer like Nash. If not, it could be a struggle for Marshall and for a front office the jury is still out on.