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Lakers to start Kendall Marshall at point. Because what other choice do they have?

Jan 3, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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Before the season the plan was Steve Nash at the point for the Lakers. An ongoing nerve root issue that impacts his back and neck has scuttled that plan so far.

Steve Blake was next in line, and he played surprising well adjusting to Mike D’Antoni’s system, but a torn ligament in his elbow sidelined him.

Jordan Farmar has been rejuvenated in the up-tempo system, but he is out with a torn hamstring.

Then D’Antoni turned to Xavier Henry — really a swingman but the best option left — and he has a bone bruise in his knee.

So Kendall Marshall, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “who wants to be the Lakers’ point guard.” Marshall will start at the point for the Lakers Friday night, via Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, with two-guard Jodie Meeks serving as his backup.

Marshall had been struggling to find his footing with the Suns, and since they have Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic they traded him to the Wizards, who promptly cut him. Both with the Suns and as a free agent Marshall has bounced down to the D-League but not been able to stick up in the NBA.

What Marshall can do is create plays for others — he has good court vision and is a pure pass-first point. The problem is he has been a terrible shooter that other teams don’t respect as a scoring threat (last season he shot just 54 percent in the restricted area, 34 percent from the midrange and 31 percent from three). Plus his defense isn’t very good.

Those numbers have looked a little better this season, but seeing he has played 54 total minutes in four games it’s a small sample size. It’s very different and much more difficult going up against starters, which he will do against Trey Burke and the Jazz on Friday night.

But what other option do the Lakers have?

  1. adoombray - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    After wind chill it was -17 last night here in Boston. Still not colder than Marshall’s jumper

  2. johngalt1783 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    “The problem is he has been a terrible shooter that other teams don’t respect as a scoring threat (last season he shot just 54 percent in the restricted area, 34 percent from the midrange and 31 percent from three).”

    Last season his third in the NBA John Walls shot 55% from the restricted area, 38% from mid-range and 29% from three. However, this season he shot 47% from beyond the arc in seven D-League games.

    Now it is clear that Marshall has a funky looking push shot which he released from chest high. So it is highly unlikey Marshall will ever become a 15+ PPG scorer but then again Rondo has a career aveage of 11.1 PPG.

    Most will agree that Marshall will probably never be an above average NBA defender and most likely not even an averge one but then neither have Nash or Jose Calderon ever been very good at defense.

    Marshall has looked decent in limited minutes with the Lakers. I have watched most of them. LOL. However as was mentioned in the article it remains to be seen how well he will perform as a starter. I think as long as he keeps his turnovers down he should be adequate on the offensive side of the ball.

    Will he ever be a legit NBA starting PG? Maybe not but I can see him as becoming an average to above average backup PG in the NBA despite his weaknesses on defense and funking looking shot.

    • johngalt1783 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      However, this season Marshall shot 47% from beyond the arc in seven D-League games.

      • moseskkim - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        and nando de colo is averaging 25, 5, 5 on the toros.. good stats, hard to judge what its worth

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Alright!! It’s about time!

    C’mon Kendall, prove me right!

    • money2long - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      your nickname… the oracle.

  4. dinofrank60 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    How come the Lakers had to go outside their D-League team to find a point guard?

    • ranfan12 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Lol if you need a pg, it shouldn’t matter where you get him from. It’s obvious he had something to offer that the others didn’t

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        It’s not that, because they don’t have any options there. Why do they own a D-League team, if they don’t use it to for developmental purposes, other than sending a rookie there for a couple of games?

  5. beaverdam21 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Should have stayed at UNC.

  6. ranfan12 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Nasty

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