Lakers player reviews: Kendall Marshall

May, 28, 2014
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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Kendall MarshallAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Lakers have a team option on Kendall Marshall for a relatively low price, so he should be back.

Kendall Marshall

2013-14 salary: $547,570 | Age: 22 | Season stats: 8.0 ppg, 8.8 ast.

Season recap: They say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity and Marshall certainly made his own luck when it came to the Lakers. After going from Steve Nash’s heir apparent in Phoenix, to being traded to Washington before the season began and summarily cut, Marshall excelled in the D-League enough to get the Lakers’ attention when they went searching for a point guard when injuries ravaged the roster. Marshall went from a 10-day contract to finishing out the season with L.A. At times, he looked like the all-everything guard out of North Carolina. At times, he looked like a severely flawed player with no set place in the NBA.

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Season highlight: There were two games that stood out for Marshall. First, there was the 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with 15 assists in a home win against the Utah Jazz in just his eighth game with the team and then there was the 19 points (including a 4-for-5 mark from 3) and 14 assists in a road win over the rival Boston Celtics.

Season lowlight: Marshall had eight scoreless games for the Lakers and six games with five turnovers or more. However his worst game was probably his debut for the Lakers against the Golden State Warriors when he had four turnovers in six minutes of playing time.

Final grade: B-

Notes: It’s amazing to look back at the season and realize that at one point Marshall led the league in 3-point accuracy. With his unconventional release, Marshall deserves credit for adjusting to his limitations by attempting shots well beyond the 3-point line to allow himself enough time to get his shots off, but eventually his skill level came back to the norm. After shooting 46.5 percent from 3 in 25 games before the All-Star break, he shot just 31.6 percent from deep in 29 games after it.

Quotable: "The main thing was the mental approach. Obviously I have physical limitations so they want to make sure I master the game mentally. I felt like I was rookie this year. Playing every single night and playing almost 40 minutes a night wore on me.” -- Marshall said after his exit interview.

What's next?: The Lakers have a team option on Marshall for a relatively inexpensive $915,243 for next season. Even though there are clearly still holes in Marshall’s game that need to be filled, it’s hard to imagine L.A. getting more production out of a backup point guard at that price. He should be back.

Dave McMenamin

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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