Kendall Marshall will rejoin Suns after D-League stint

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The Phoenix Suns announced Friday that point guard Kendall Marshall has been recalled from the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam and will be available for the Suns on Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Through nine games with the Jam, the rookie averaged a league-leading 7.6 assists per game, a pretty solid assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.27 and found himself atop the passing statistics with a familiar face in fellow rookie and assist machine Scott Machado, who last year with Iona was battling Marshall for the NCAA assist-leader mark.

The down-side has been Marshall’s scoring. He averaged 9.6 points per game but shot just 31 percent from the floor and 22 percent from three-point range. The 13th overall pick also averaged three rebounds and 1.2 steals per his 30 minutes a game.

Marshall’s best scoring performance came in his first game with Bakersfield, when he hit 7-of-18 shots for 21 points. He hit a rough three-game stretch in the middle of his stint where he went 6-of-25 from the floor and had just 14 total assists but recovered nicely his last four games, where Marshall averaged nine assists a game.

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