"Ever watch an All-Star Game? It's god-awful. Everybody gets the ball, goes 1-on-1 and plays no defense. That's us." - Mike D'Antoni

 
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12  -  Kendall Marshall - PG, 6'3, 186
Milwaukee Bucks - Claimed off waivers in July 2014
       Date of birth: 08/19/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 13th pick, 2012
     Out of: North Carolina
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Left

When: Where:
2010 - 2012 North Carolina (NCAA)
June 2012 - October 2013 Phoenix Suns (NBA)
October 2013 Washington Wizards (NBA)
December 2013 Delaware 87ers (D-League)
December 2013 - July 2014 L.A. Lakers (NBA)
July 2014 - present Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 13th overall by Phoenix.
15th July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $9,005,799 rookie scale contract with Phoenix. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
29th November, 2012 D-League Assigned by Phoenix to Bakersfield Jam of the D-League.
21st December, 2012 D-League Recalled by Phoenix to Bakersfield Jam from the D-League.
25th October, 2013 NBA Traded by Phoenix, along with Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat and Malcolm Lee, to Washington in exchange for Emeka Okafor and a future first round pick (#18, 2014, Tyler Ennis).
28th October, 2013 NBA Waived by Washington.
3rd December, 2013 D-League Acquired by Delaware 87ers.
20th December, 2013 D-League Signed a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2015 with L.A. Lakers.
18th July, 2014 NBA Waived by L.A. Lakers.
20th July, 2014 NBA Claimed off waivers by Milwaukee.


From blog:


   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 2: Eastern Region
2011-03-16

Rare does a team improve so much within the course of one season. Underrated at the beginning of the year, North Carolina proved to be a pretty good team, and then exploded when Roy Williams finally saw fit to bench the underwhelming Larry Drew in favour of greatly superior freshman, Kendall Marsall. Drew wasn't helping the team; he couldn't create his own shot, shoot, impede anybody defensively due to his lack of size, and made a huge number of mistakes with the ball for an upperclassman point guard. It's a shame that he decided to get his dad to tell Williams that he was transferring, rather than sticking around to backup Marshall. But it doesn't really hurt the team.

There's an element of Jason Kidd to Kendall Marshall. That is not a talent level comparison - considering that Kidd is one of the top 5 point guards in the history of the sport, it's definitely not in any way a talent level comparison. But it is a style of play comparison. (And such things are definitely possible. For example, Kendall Gill used to play like Michael Jordan. He even ran in the same way.) Marshall is the purest of pure point guards, an exceptional passer who sees the angles no one else does. He bleeds the "makes his team mates better" cliche, and can find players who didn't even know they were open, in both half court and transition situations. K-Marsh is rather slow, and, as a scorer himself, rather lacking, although he uses his size advantage to play physically on defense, which counters his lack of speed that would otherwise be exposable.

[...] Despite being young, and after missing the tournament last season (breaking a jillion panellist hearts in the process), UNC quickly proved their talent. They are deep, athletic and talent, with perimeter play, guard play and wing play. Once they made the long overdue swap of Marshall and Drew, they joined the nation's elite teams. This is not so much a character assassination of Larry Drew as much as it is a love letter to Kendall Marshall.

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   2012 NBA Draft Diary
2012-06-30

Pick 13: Phoenix avoids picking an inferior sibling (Marquis Teague) by picking a different point guard, Kendall Marshall, who managed the rare feat of recording more assets than points last season. Others to have done this include Dontell Jefferson and Doug Gottleib. But Marshall is not those guys. Marshall isn't readily comparable to anyone at all, really. He plays like Jason Kidd, yet to compare him to Jason Kidd instantly reads as though you're saying he's as good as Jason Kidd, which can never be true. What he is the ultimate pass-first point guard. Who just so happens to be a little slow.

Marshall is not at the draft, so the camera cuts to his college coach Roy Williams, whose teeth are so white that they're actually a little blue. I can't help but wonder how this must feel to those who ARE here, when a player considered unlikely enough to be drafted high that he wasn't even invited to appear still somehow gets picked ahead of you. I also wonder why anyone who knows they are guaranteed to be drafted, if not where exactly, would not go to the draft. Party with your family later. Just get there and do the damn thing. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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   Jan Vesely, Derrick Williams among possible rookie-contract casualties
2013-10-10

Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns

Marshall played little as a rookie, and when he did, he was forgettable. He struggled mightily offensively, looked far too slow for the NBA game and had no impact defensively, thereby negating all the good he can (and occasionally did) bring as a passer and floor general.

In addition to having the oft-overlooked Goran Dragic in front of him, Marshall now has to contend with the more proven quality and higher-upsided Eric Bledsoe for backup minutes, a battle he won't win. The notoriously-cheap Suns, then, are then faced with a decision on whether to guarantee the contract of the third-string point guard they saw fit to block from the rotation only three months ago. The sole thing working in Marshall's favor is that, at $2,091,840, he might be just about cheap enough to get a one-year reprieve.

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   Deadline looms for these unguaranteed players
2014-01-03

L.A. Lakers - Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall: In the midst of his breakout season, Henry is guaranteed to survive, and despite his usual inconsistencies, Williams has done enough (5.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg) to do so too. Kelly has barely played for the big league club, but has been one of the best players in the D-League thus far, as has the much improved-shooting Marshall, who also now has the benefit of being the Lakers's only healthy point guard. All four may survive.

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   Unsigned guards looking to make mid-season NBA impact
2013-12-10

Kendall Marshall - The third waived Wizard, Marshall reluctantly headed off to the D-League despite still being paid on his rookie scale contract, yet is off to a great start there. In three games with the expansion Delaware 87ers, Marshall is averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, shooting 55% from three point range. Marshall fell out of the league because he is too slow to be of any great effect at getting to the basket or preventing others from doing so, yet while there is not a great deal he can do about this, Marshall can still work on his craft. He will definitely get another NBA opportunity one day, particularly if this improvement in his jump shot sustains.

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