Before Marcin Gortat arrived in Phoenix he was a back-up to Dwight Howard in Orlando. Even then Gortat was regarded as the best back-up center in the NBA. In most ways the Suns got a steal for him as in reality got him for Jason Richardson’s expiring contract.
Under the “Steve Nash Effect” Gortat shined and last season posted career highs in just about every category and earned the reputation as one of the best centers in the league. Unfortunately, Nash is now in Hollywood and Gortat is left alone on a team that’s adding 7 new players.
There have been some vague rumors about Gortat being traded in order for the Suns to increase their collection of assets (IE: Draft Picks). However assuming he stays, Gortat will have to prove he can adjust on court without Steve Nash spoon feeding him every other possession.
Goran Dragic is a fine point guard and is certainly a gifted player but he’s more of a scorer than a passer. So who’s going to help out Gortat? Insert Kendall Marshall. Marshall was taken 13th overall during the NBA draft this past June by the Suns and is probably the best set-up guy on the Suns.
Marshall was the best set-up point guard in college as he won the Bob Cousy Award and also set an NCAA ACC all-time single season assist record of 311 assists. Marshall will be a factor for Gortat success because as soon as Marshall steps on the court, he’s thinking pass first.
Marshall is also a highly gifted outlet passer, his ability to get the ball from one end of the court to another on target and on time is impeccable. Gortat as we know is a highly mobile big man with incredible ability to run the floor; Marshall and Gortat’s game nearly perfectly complements one another.