As the hardwoods seasons, both college and pro, come closer and closer there is always plenty of information about present and former UNC Basketball players that will be lacing them up in 2013. For the most part you have to say that there is plenty of good news when it comes to the Tar Heels. However, like most everything, there is always an exception to the rule, and in this post that abnormality is point guard Kendall Marshall, the Phoenix Suns’ 13th overall pick from two seasons ago.
From an article, the former 6’4″/200 lbs North Carolina guard, who made his living under head coach Roy Williams finding open team mates, many of them now in the National Basketball Association as well, needs to prove himself in Phoenix in the next month. Only by showing the new coaching staff that he can get it done, both with his passes and by hitting the shoots he gets, he can hope to have the Suns use their option in the rookie salary scale contract for players chosen in the 1st round the previous season. First rounders get a 4 yr deal, but only the first couple are guaranteed.
With a franchise full of point and combo guards and a new staff, on the heels of rumors that the franchise had thought about trading the guard in the off-season, the future is now for the second year pro. Marshall needs to work hard from now until the end of the pre-season if he hopes to see the extension come along. In order to do this the young man has been working on shooting the rock and getting toned up.
While most everyone knows that Marshall can run a team, but this is not the NCAA, it’s the NBA… and in the pro’s you have to be able to score when the shot it there for you. And when you do not get many chances to score, you have to make them count when it’s your turn.
Numbers like last year, where the point guard scored three points and had three assists while playing 14 minutes per game, hitting 37% from the floor and 31% from beyond the arc, might be enough to work on, but not enough to offer two more seasons to. Especially when the franchise you are on has a total of seven guards on its roster heading into the regular season.
I hope that things do change for Kendall Marshall, but more for the fact that the minutes to show off might not be there more than anything, I am just not sure if one month is going to be enough for him to prove himself to the team and coaching staff and get the extension.
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