February 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall (12) moves to the basket against Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy (34) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers' fan doesn't recognize Kendall Marshall

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)

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  • Milich Kosanovich

    D’Antoni used Nash, Blake, Farmar, Kobe and then Xavier Henry at PG and AFTER losing all of them to injury he finally gave Kendall Marshall a shot. So another scrub PG had a relatively good season in D’Antoni’s run n chuck system? See Raymond Felton and Jeremy Lin before removing Marshall’s name from the bust list.

    Marshall was at the forefront of the Lakers’ league worst and atrocious defense. His ’50s style slow motion flat-footed set-shot is not going to cut it in the NBA. Under the next coach, Marshall will struggle to remain in the league as a 3rd PG.

    Hornacek preferred little Ish Smith as his 3rd PG and they drafted athletic phenom Archie Goodwin. Those are the reasons Marshall became expendable.