Report: Kendall Marshall going D-League route

Posted by on November 27th, 2:57 pm

In case you were wondering what Kendall Marshall was doing outside his social media habit, we now have an answer. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports the 13th overall pick of 2012 has turned down overseas offers and will put his name in the D-League waiver-wire.

Should a team pick him up early next week, Marshall would be able to play himself into a candidate to be called up to the NBA this season.

In 48 games last year, Marshall averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 37 percent from the floor for the Suns. He also averaged 9.3 points and 7.6s assist but shot just 31 percent in nine games with the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam. It might be obvious, then, why the draft pick of former Suns general manager Lance Blanks has had trouble finding a new team. After all, fellow former Suns rookie point guard Diante Garrett — who looked like a more NBA-ready player with Bakersfield — was signed to the Oklahoma City Thunder and after a stint there found another place with the Utah Jazz

This offseason, Marshall said he had lost weight and was working on improving his jump shot.

“A lot of it is just repetition and confidence,” Marshall said of his shot. “When I shoot confidently it’s not a bad shot. Technically, the main thing I just want to focus on and remember is to get air on the ball and get it up in the air.”

First-year Suns coach Jeff Hornacek might beg to differ. At one point in the offseason, he said Marshall hadn’t improved his ability to get his shot up high, which would allow him to pull up for jumpers off pick-and-rolls.

Marshall was part of the trade that sent Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round pick. The Wizards waived Lee, Brown and Marshall afterward, as Phoenix moved on with Ish Smith as the third-string guard behind the duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

Marshall is the first of those three whose next basketball move has become public. He’s probably excited for his future.

Kevin Zimmerman is the lead blogger and editor for Valley of the Suns. He is also editor of AZDesertSwarm.com, an Arizona Wildcats\’ blog, and a contributor at SB Nation and Pac-12.com.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sunsn7 // Nov 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Ha the legacy of Lance Blanks!

    Do wish the guy well, just never saw what the Suns thought they saw.

  • 2 Scott // Nov 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I wish him well, but he seems to be too bull-headed to do what he needs to do to be successful in the NBA.

    I expect him to eventually head overseas, and not necessarily to a top league.

  • 3 Sunsn7 // Nov 28, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Btw Marshall looks eerily similar to the late boxer Diego Corrales.

    Google or Youtube Corrales, you’ll see

  • 4 Azbballfan // Nov 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I hope Marshall gets another chance

    sometimes, players come into the NBA with an attitude, and they dont do everything they can to improve themselves

    i dont know if this was the case with him or not

    However, he is going to now have to prove himself to warrant another contract

    i know everyone on here, including me, likes to rip on Lance Blanks, but the Morris twins are playing decent ball this season

    every young player needs consistent quality minutes to improve, i hope he works hard and really wants it and makes it to another team at some point

  • 5 noitallman // Nov 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    and exactly what attitude has Marshall showed?

  • 6 Scott // Nov 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    @Azbballfan -

    Yeah, I wouldn’t write him off. He could come back to the NBA after playing overseas. But he must have been saying / doing the wrong thing to get kicked in favor of Ish.

  • 7 TPQ // Dec 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Just wish he had stayed at UNC a couple of more years. Can’t blame him for taking first round money, but staying might have helped him in the long run.

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