Earl Clark Fiasco Repeat?

Oct. 1, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns guard Kendall Marshall poses for a portrait during media day at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Well looks like I’m wrong, Kendall Marshall will indeed be the 3rd string point guard in the Suns rotation this upcoming season behind Sebastian Telfair. Marshall seems to have issues scoring the basketball and is still adjusting to playing as a back-up rather than a starter here’s Marshall’s take on it “I’m starting to learn the offense and what coach expects of me,” Marshall told The Arizona Republic. “The game is slowing down. I’m just trying to get the ball to guys and find ways to be successful.”

This raises some red flags for the Suns; it almost seems like the Earl Clark fiasco all over again. What befuddles me is, in one of the deepest drafts in a long time why would the Suns use the 13th pick on a player that they don’t even plan on playing right away? The NBA isn’t the NFL where you can keep an Aaron Rodgers behind Brett Favre for 3 seasons then all the sudden he steps in and becomes greater than Favre. In the NBA when don’t play a player, odds are he’ll never develop, and will be out of the league within a few seasons.

Oct 19, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry reacts to a play during the first half of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the BOK Center. Thunder defeated the Suns 107-97. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

I loved watching Kendall Marshall in college but when I saw the Houston Rockets snatch Jeremy Lamb off the board with the 12th pick I thought to myself “This incompetent Suns front office is going to take Kendall Marshall.” And indeed they did.

Here’s the problem I have with the Kendall Marshall pick, he was a so called “NBA ready point guard” But he’s not good enough to beat out Sebastian Telfair for the back-up point guard spot? Now how is that by any stretch of the imagination NBA ready? Marshall’s upside was also a major question mark, he’s not the athlete that Derrick Rose is, he doesn’t have the jumper of a Ray Allen and his passing was the only thing that he’s able to bring to the table. Thus far it’s pretty much the ONLY thing he’s brought to the table.

However the reason I had so much faith in Marshall after the draft, was based on the belief I had that the Suns front office couldn’t possibly bomb another draft during such a crucial time for the organization although it wouldn’t be the first time this organization’s incompetent front office shot themselves as well as their fans in the foot with their god awful decision making!

I hope all the Suns fans out there and the Suns themselves realize that the 2013 and the 2014 NBA draft won’t be nearly as good as the 2012 NBA draft. The 2012 Draft was a draft this team could not afford to bomb, and it seems more and more so that they did. However to defend the Suns just a little bit, they didn’t know they were going to get Goran Dragic back so they most likely drafted Marshall as an insurance blanket than anything else. Besides I much rather have the Suns take the gamble on Marshall as oppose to giving someone like Jeremy Lin an ridiculous contract.

Mar 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall (5) looks on during practice the day before the semifinals of the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men

The Suns must develop Marshall and do it fast, because if they don’t they will feel the heat from all the media but more importantly Suns fans. After watching the Suns take Robin Lopez over Roy Hibbert, JaVale Mcgee, Serge Ibaka, Nicholas Batum, and Ryan Anderson in 2008. Watching the Suns take Earl Clark over Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, and DeJuan Blair in 2009. Even last season when they took Markieff Morris over Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried, and Iman Shumpert. Although Morris hasn’t exactly been a bust by any means but fact of the matter is the Suns could’ve done better. Doesn’t this Suns front office just really get on your nerves on an annual basis with their poor decisions?

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  • sunfan

    Kendall Marshall did not look good in the summer league nor in the preseason. Hopefully, he will work on his shooting and mature fast but that appears to be a long shot. The Suns need a turnover in the front office.

    • Matthew

      Yup, he didn’t impress at summer league nor thus far in preseason. He actually scored 8 points in tonight’s game including 2 3s which is a good sign but I still think having him play behind Telfair is a mistake, because at the end of the day this kid is only 20 years old and the best way to learn is to play.

  • si1ver

    When Marshall finally got it together in the last game of Summer League he was 6-10 shooting, 3-4 3pts, 10 assists, 15 points. He just needs to get comfortable with his teammates. Tonight he was 3-4 shooting and made both his 3′s for 8 points. So he’s working on his shot. Now he needs to combine shooting with his passing. Unfortunately, our shooters sucked tonight.

    • Matthew

      @si1ver:disqus Our shooters were awful last night! But it was clear the Suns were having “one of those games”. Although the 3s from Marshall was encouraging and that he did run the team better than Telfair did but I remember a particular play when a foul occur and Marshall shot up a 3 anyway from the right wing and it didn’t even hit the rim, but instead it just bounced off the backboard! Marshall is far from a finished product, honestly players like him needs to play in the NBA right away, I’m talking like 30 minutes a game, whether he succeeds or fails is a different animal but like you mentioned that summer league game; I do remember that game he played very well. That’s why he needs to play heavy minutes so the Suns can see if he have more games like that so they can really get a feel for his potential and see just how good this kid can be which I believe was their plan until Dragic fell into a lap thus is why I questioned whether getting Dragic was a curse in disguise. Only time will tell at this point but I’ll tell you what if the Suns bombed the 2012 draft they’ll hear it for a long time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.monroe.39108 James Monroe

    Hate to say I told you so… but I did

    • Matthew

      @facebook-100003139106153:disqus It’s what I get for believing in the Suns front office! Never again! I’ll say this though, as a show runner, Marshall is still better than Telfair that was obvious throughout the preseason but Marshall’s lack of ability to get to the rim as well as his ability to score gives Telfair the edge.

  • Jon D

    Aaron better than Favre hahahhah you know as much about football as you do suns basketball. Doubt I’ll ever read one of your comments again. Wish I could remove sun and gun articles from my phx-hoop apps

    • Matthew

      Sorry you feel that way, but Aaron Rodgers is better than Brett Farve sorry to burst your bubble. By the time Rodger’s career is over he will be one of the top 3 QBs of all time unless the dude gets hurt.

      • Jon D

        Guess you fail to realize that football and ESP the qb position is more about the staff you have around you…. sorry to burst ur bubble

        • Matthew

          Haha I like you Jon. I’d love to have a argument about Football with you on here but unfortunately I’ m not allowed to. But to get one last shot in, Rodgers has 151 TD pass to 41 Int, he’s already won a superbowl and a MVP and he will most likely win another one this season. Favre didn’t have great receiving core around him but if a QB is truly “Great” They can make the best with average receivers. I mean hey Brady was able to win 3 SBs with an average receiving core.

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