Dime NBA Draft Profile: Kendall Marshall

By: 06.19.12

Marshall makes players around him better and that is why his upside is higher than most would expect. He has the ability to maximize his potential. Just look at how Harrison Barnes played without Marshall. When Marshall went down in the NCAA tournament with a wrist injury, the entire Tar Heel locker room was devastated. This is the sign of a true leader.
Grade: 9

Combined score: 40 out of 50 possible points
Kendall Marshall is an amazing distributor who is the best pure point guard to come out of the draft since Ricky Rubio. He has great size but not great speed. The biggest question mark surrounding Marshall will be whether he can even begin to guard NBA point guards. Then again, nobody thought Ricky Rubio would be a good defender.

Best Fit: Portland Trail Blazers
Raymond Felton will be an unrestricted free agent after this year and it is unclear what direction the Portland Trail Blazers want to go in. One thing is for sure: Marshall would be a great fit. The Blazers already have proven scorers in LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum, and Jamal Crawford (although Batum and Crawford are free agents). Marshall would already have weapons around him to unleash his distributing arsenal. Portland is also a team that is not likely wanting any long term projects either. Marshall would be able to step in right away and become their starting point guard.

Outside Opinion
“Kendall Marshall, in my opinion, was North Carolina’s best player. He certainly killed us. As a pro, I think he’ll be a guy who can come off of the bench and make things happen. I don’t really see him defending starting point guards. Not many guys coming out this year make their teammates good like he does other than Anthony Davis obviously.” – An anonymous Duke fan.


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