After the Los Angeles Lakers were devastated by injuries to their point guards early on in the season, losing Steve Nash, Steve Blake (who was later traded to the Golden State Warriors) and Jordan Farmar for extended periods of time during the season, the Lakers turned to Kendall Marshall, who was playing in the D-League.
Marshall, a former North Carolina Tar Heels’ standout, was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, but quickly fell out of favor. After the Suns acquired Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, the Suns felt Marshall was expendable and sent him to the Washington Wizards, along with center Marcin Gortat.
Marshall was sent to the D-League and soon called up.
He actually had an excellent year for the Lakers, starting 45 games and averaging 8.8 assists, 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
That still doesn’t mean Lakers’ fans know who he is, as Marshall explained.
(H/T to Nick Schwartz of For The Win/USA Today Sports)