In a bit of a surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers put point guard Kendall Marshall on waivers. Marshall was solid for the Lakers after injuries piled up and they reportedly hoped he’d clear waivers and they’d get him back. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks claimed Marshall, hoping a pass-first point guard could help the development of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.
Of course with Brandon Knight in Milwaukee, where Marshall fits is a bit of a question. Jabari Davis believes Marshall can be a serviceable starter.
Marshall’s lack of athleticism really hurts him at such a tough position, but Bucks fans have to hope Kidd can teach him how to use his strengths most effectively. I saw him up close here in L.A. (last year), and liked him as a player. He may never be end up as “star” player, but could very well go on to be a serviceable starter for years to come.
Marshall was a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but never made an impact for the Phoenix Suns. After just one year in Phoenix, he, along with guard Shannon Brown, guard Malcolm Lee and center Marcin Gortat, were traded to to the Washington Wizards for big man 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.
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