The Los Angeles Lakers wasted very little time adding a player after it was announced Kobe Bryant would be out 6 weeks with a knee fracture on Thursday. The Lakers signed Kendall Marshall to back up new starting point guard Xavier Henry.
Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns and he never found a rhythm with the team. He averaged just 3 points per game and 3 assists but he struggled on offense, shooting just 37% on field goals and 31.5% on 3-pointers in 14.6 minutes per contest in 48 games.
He’s going to be a valuable addition for the Lakers since they are without a true point guard after Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, and Steve Blake have all gone down with an assortment of injuries. Nash and Blake are expected to be out (at the very least) another four weeks. And it seems like management isn’t in a hurry to pull the trigger on a trade.
Losing Kobe was a big loss as he was averaging 6.3 assists per game as the fill-in PG.
Marshall was traded (as part of a five-player deal) to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat in February. The Wizards waived him and he signed with the Delaware 87ers where he averaged 19.4ppg and 9.6apg in seven games so far this season. Several teams were interested in the second year point guard.
Marshall left the University of North Carolina after his sophomore season (8.1ppg and 9.8apg) and probably could have benefitted from an extra season to improve his game.
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