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.
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.
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?