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Anti Hero 06-28-2012 08:49 PM

Kendall Marshall
 



2012 Draft Video

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After a solid freshman year where his performance really came on strong late in the season, Kendall Marshall picked up right where he left off as a sophomore, playing a pivotal role in leading North Carolina to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Unfortunately for Marshall, his season was unexpectedly cut short following a superb 18 point, 11 assist performance in a Round of 32 win over Creighton, as he broke a bone in his wrist late in the game and was unable to return before the Tar Heels' own season ended two games later in the Elite Eight.


Marshall had a superb season in Chapel Hill by many standards, which can be evidenced by looking at his statistical accomplishments in relation to the rest of our database. It's no secret that Marshall's game centers heavily around his fantastic abilities passing the ball, which look even more impressive when you view them in a historical context.

Marshall's 10.7 assists per 40 minutes game adjusted this season rank the highest of any player in the history of our database (which goes back to 2001/2002). He's also #1 all-time in Pure Point Ratio by a large margin, while his 3.51 Assist-Turnover Ratio ranks 3rd all-time..

When looking at Marshall's game from an NBA perspective, his passing ability is clearly his greatest selling point, and it's hard to overstate how good of a passer he is and how great a feel he has for managing a game.

In terms of point guard style, Marshall is a prototypical pass-first point guard taken to the extreme, as evidenced by his just 6.2 field-goal attempts per game in 32.9 minutes. He possesses an uncanny, second nature feel for the game, always instinctively playing with his head up and quickly moving the ball to the highest percentage scoring opportunity. Managing the game clearly comes very easy for him both in the half court and transition, as he looks as natural as any player in the country finding teammates for easy baskets.

Marshall possesses the full slate of passing skills, possessing excellent vision and the ability and willingness to make all types of passes, excelling especially in transition, on pick-and-rolls, and finding open shooters all over the floor. He does a great job reading the floor and finding openings, while being quick to get the ball out of his hands as soon as an opportunity develops, not being as ball dominant a player as one would expect given his gaudy assist numbers.

Marshall only averages 3.1 turnovers per-40 pace adjusted, but that number is slightly misleading due to how little he looks for his own offense, which cuts down the opportunities for turnovers in that area of his game relative to other players. Just accounting for possessions used, Marshall was the third most turnover prone prospect in our database this season, coughing the ball up on 27% of his possessions.

As he readily admits, he is prone to taking too many risks with his passing game at times, trying to make homerun plays or leaving his feet before he makes a decision and relying on his vision to bail him out, which leads to some unnecessary turnovers. While this is something a coach will need to live with considering how brilliant of a distributer he is, this is something he'll need to account for in the NBA where every defender will be bigger and more athletic, lowering the margin for error on all passing windows.


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While Marshall clearly cemented his status as an excellent distributor in his breakout sophomore season, many of the same questions remain in his rarely utilized scoring game, as his pace-adjusted efficiency and production numbers stayed pretty stable this year.

Marshall's 7.9 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted ranks second worst of all players projected to be drafted this season, and his 55% True Shooting Percentage is towards the bottom as well. While Marshall improved his scoring output all season long (nearly doubling his scoring rate in March), and looked extremely aggressive in a few extremely high-profile matchups, he still has many concerns heading to the next level, namely whether he'll be willing and able to score enough to keep an opposing defense honest.

The most encouraging improvement for Marshall is the increase of his anemic 43.4% FG% on two-point baskets this season to a more respectable 50.7%, but he's still doing it on just 4.0 attempts per game and is also getting to the free-throw line at a slightly lower rate. Marshall has done a better job being decisive going to the rim, taking advantage of gaps in the defense when they present themselves and using his size to finish around the rim, but still is not very impressive in this area.

Marshall's first step is below average and despite excellent craftiness and a good ability to change speeds, he lacks the top gears most NBA guards have, which often prevents him from getting to the second level on drives. His lack of elevation around the rim is also concerning projecting forward, so developing a floater would be wise for diversifying his scoring ability in the lane.

As a shooter, Marshall has similarly remained mostly stagnant with his development as a sophomore, as he's shooting a respectable 71.2% from the free-throw line, and 35.1% from three-point range, but doing so on a very low 2.2 attempts per game. The bright side here is his 1.35 points per shot on unguarded catch-and-shoot jump shots according to Synergy Sports Technology is a more impressive number, and that bodes well for his chances of expanding this area of his game projecting to the next level, where he could play in the same backcourt with another playmaking combo guard (perhaps a Monta Ellis type). Marshall's shooting success is still in spite of his somewhat awkward albeit passable mechanics, which shows more potential for improvement if he can refine his motion some.

The defensive end, however, is perhaps the most concerning aspect of Marshall's game projecting to the next level, as his lack of quickness on this end of the floor is concerning in the dribble-drive centric NBA, and already is a problem against high level competition in college. While Marshall brings a good effort and fundamental level to the table at the college level, he is prone to being blown by more athletic competition due to his below average lateral quickness, and often has to give up notable space on the perimeter to compensate. His excellent size allows him to offset his other limitations somewhat, notably in the pick-and-roll game at times, but overall his ability to defend point guards consistently is a question mark projecting to the NBA, and he will really need to put in work to maximize his effectiveness on this end of the floor.

Looking forward, Marshall's superb passing ability, feel for the game, excellent intangibles, and penchant for playing winning basketball are certain to be attractive to NBA teams, as there simply aren't many players who can run a team like him available, certainly not in this point guard-starved draft class. The recent seamless transition of Ricky Rubio, a player with a similar strength/weakness profile in many ways, will also help the case for those wondering how Marshall's game could translate to the pros, as will the continued success of Andre Miller, another guard he somewhat resembles.

Maximizing his spot-up shooting and defensive abilities are definitely the simplest short-term and long-term improvements Marshall can make, and both would go a long way to easing his transition and rounding out his game. Playing in an unselfish offensive system under a coach that recognizes how to utilize his skills will be critical for Marshall's long-term success, but it's difficult to see a player with such a pronounced and coveted strength not finding a niche in the NBA.

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Best Case: Andre Miller
Worst Case: Jose Calderon

Derrick 06-28-2012 09:12 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
I was praying we get Jeremy Lamb. This is a good pick still though.

Maniak 06-28-2012 09:45 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
This pick kind of assures the end of the Nash era.

Hope he pans out nicely and can dish it great to gortat/run some good pick and roll

with austin rivers being picked im hoping somehow we can get eric gordon from the hornets to pair alongside marshall. although it seems as though the hornets still want to keep him.

Derrick 06-28-2012 09:46 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
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Originally Posted by Maniak
This pick kind of assures the end of the Nash era.

Hope he pans out nicely and can dish it great to gortat/run some good pick and roll

with austin rivers being picked im hoping somehow we can get eric gordon from the hornets to pair alongside marshall. although it seems as though the hornets still want to keep him.

I think Gordon will stay now.. Too much talent to pass up future dynasty potential if things pan out. Kendall Marshall seems like Nash with no shot. Bad d, pass first point guard. Boy do we need to make something happen in fa.

livingby3's 06-28-2012 11:42 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
where do we get our scores from now lol. if Nash go whos the face of this franchise?

i agree with trying to get Gordon.

Marshall Gordon Dudley Gortat and if we can somehow net a star PF/C to go along with Gordon. will be nice moving forward.
but its all damn dream.

Maniak 06-28-2012 11:48 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
yeah i was hoping the suns would acquire a scorer in this draft. that's still a primary concern.

apparently hill did get resigned? i don't like that at all unless the team plans on trading him to a contender for someone young .

Derrick 06-28-2012 11:54 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
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Originally Posted by Maniak
yeah i was hoping the suns would acquire a scorer in this draft. that's still a primary concern.

apparently hill did get resigned? i don't like that at all unless the team plans on trading him to a contender for someone young .

I thought he was restricted? Weird, I like Grant, good complimentary piece for a contender (2010 Suns) not for a rebuilding process.

Maniak 06-29-2012 11:36 AM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
I forgot about arron brooks and that the suns organization seems to love him...

doesn't this kind of mean marshall was drafted purely as a back up?

to me that either means that they went best player available(which it could be, but is quite debatable), or they felt satisfied that they only need a backup point guard right now(which would actually make them the dumbest people on the planet or knowing they have a trade lined up)

Maniak 06-29-2012 02:11 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
VIDEO: Kendall Marshall wanted to be in Phoenix, just like Markieff Morris.

Anti Hero 07-12-2012 07:52 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
Marshall's (Numeric) Plan

Suns blog and reveals his number



Derrick 07-13-2012 05:58 PM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
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Originally Posted by Anti Hero
Marshall's (Numeric) Plan

Suns blog and reveals his number



I heard a few days ago of him wanting to change his twitter name to kbutter12 from kbutter5 lol, now I know why.

ThyGreatOne 08-07-2012 01:10 AM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
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http://youtu.be/zpsDORuolY8 'PHX giving me a warm welcome'
anyone peep this video? Marshall sure didn't appear to be all that thrilled to be in the PHX... maybe he was joking? and I just haven't got the opportunity to catch onto his personality?

Maniak 08-07-2012 01:33 AM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
I'm quite sure he was just joking around...

He's playing behind a guy who learned from Nash and under an offense that makes PGs thrive. He has scoring options at almost every angle. I doubt he'd be mad yet.

From what I've seen he seems to be a pretty funny and good spirited guy.

ThyGreatOne 08-07-2012 01:48 AM

Re: Kendall Marshall
 
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Originally Posted by Maniak
I'm quite sure he was just joking around...

He's playing behind a guy who learned from Nash and under an offense that makes PGs thrive. He has scoring options at almost every angle. I doubt he'd be mad yet.

From what I've seen he seems to be a pretty funny and good spirited guy.

yeah, I haven't seen much in the aspect of his "personality" you know, via interviews and what not! but I can share his sentiments having been in AZ for an extended time period haha!


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