Although Kendall Marshall did a solid job filling in with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, the Lakers decided to put him on waivers and he was quickly scooped up by the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks were in the market for another point guard to add to Brandon Knight and believe Marshall could be the player they need.
Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders wonders if the move will do Marshall good.
Let’s give this another try. It was only two years ago that Kendall Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Following a disappointing rookie season with the Phoenix Suns, in which the point guard averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists, he was traded to the Washington Wizards in a package deal. Days later he was waived and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last December. Marshall saw minutes (29.0) on a shorthanded team and posted 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. Nonetheless, the Lakers waived him during Summer League last month. The Milwaukee Bucks quickly claimed him, giving him another new start in his third season. The Bucks may not be a title contender, but establishing his place in the league will be a win for Marshall.
Marshall was selecte by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but spent much of his time in the D-League. After one season, the Suns dealt him to the Washington Wizards. Marshall, along with guard Shannon Browb, guard Malcolm Lee and center Marcin Gortat, who was the grand prize in the deal, joined the Wizards while the Suns received former second-overall pick Emeka Okafor and a first round pick in June’s draft. He was sent back to the D-League and the Lakers wound up signing him after their injuries piled up.
In 54 games with the Lakers last season, he averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 40.6% from the field, 39.9% from beyond the arc and 52.8% from the free throw line.