Kendall Marshall’s Immediate Impact

Feb, 18, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall (5) passes the ball as Clemson Tigers forward Milton Jennings (24) defends in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Tigers 74-52 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The Suns have added many new players to their roster this off-season, and if the Suns want to prove ESPN.com’s projection of the Suns win totals someone is going to have to step up. Many Suns fan expect it’ll be Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson, personally I got my money on Kendall Marshall.

Beasley and Johnson I expect to have much better seasons than the one they both had last season in Minnesota however I don’t think either guy will have eye popping, off the chart numbers. Marshall on the other hand I have high hopes for.

It’s almost a certainty at this point Kendall Marshall is the Suns best passer and even though he’ll be coming off the bench as Goran Dragic’s back up I expect the two will play together and produce some of that same dynamic offense we saw when Leandro Barbosa played alongside Steve Nash.

Say what you want about Dragic but he’s an attacking point guard and Marshall is his perfect compliment. The play making ability of Marshall will get his fellow bench guys better looks at the basket and will once again give the Suns their “Super Subs”. Marshall will also take a lot of pressure off Dragic when it comes to making plays, Dragic although a good point guard he struggles at times with his decision making and doesn’t have the greatest assist to turnover ratio(2.63 assist per TO as a starter).

Marshall is an improving shooter who’s capable of hitting a stand still three, and Marshall’s ability to drive and kick will be priceless for the Suns shooters. Marshall won’t be winning rookie of the year, hell he might not even make the all-rookie team with all these great young talents in the 2012 draft. However the impact Marshall will have on the Suns offense will certainly show flashes of a Steve Nash offense.

Personally I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Goran Dragic signing, I was hoping for the Suns to be awful the next season or two, score a couple of top 5 draft picks, and most importantly throw these young guys into the fire right away and see what their made of. I said this once and I’ll say it again, there are many more stars born on the court than on the bench. Marshall’s natural talent to set-up teammates immediately makes him a long time NBA point guard, Marshall’s high basketball IQ makes him a decent NBA point guard, Marshall’s big build makes him a good NBA point guard but lots of playing time and experience can turn this young dude into a star.

Topics: Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall, NBA, Phoenix Suns

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