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Old 02-18-2012, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Draft Profile: Kendall Marshall

Surprised nobody talks about this kid more. I think he would be a great pick if we found a way to trade for a mid-1st rounder. He doesn't possess Derrick Rose or John Wall athleticism, but he plays smart and has good size for the point guard position. He'd be a great fit in Toronto, with Jose as his mentor.

NBA Comparison: Mark Jackson
Strengths: A brilliant, "natural" floor general ... Understands how to control the flow of the game ... Makes his teammates better ... Has the height and offensive awareness to see the entire court at all times ... Always dribbles with his head up ... Rewards teammates when they run the court ... Makes throwing outlet passes look effortless ... Has a very advanced sense of timing ... Understands when to slow or speed up the tempo of the game ... A creative passer that also manages to be efficient ... Low turnover rate ... Operates equally well when running or playing in half-court sets ... Already knows the nuances of making good post-entry passes ... Can throw a highly accurate lob pass from anywhere on his team's half of the court ... Handles the basketball very well ... Wastes no movement and doesn't over-dribble (which is rare in young point guards) ... Is a good penetrator, despite his average speed ... Great reaction time and anticipation allows his to see plays before they develop ... Extremely high basketball IQ ... Smart defender that is capable of staying in front of his man ... Great size for a point guard, standing 6'4" ... Might be the best passer in the college game ...
Weaknesses: Scoring ability is practically non-existent ... Is the type of player that could average more assists than points ... Doesn't nearly have the same kind of confidence creating for himself that he has creating for others ... Lacks the shooting ability to command respect from defenders when he is on the perimeter ... Doesn't get to the free throw line much, and isn't a comfortable shooter when he does get there ... Not an explosive athlete ... Average footspeed limits his defensive potential ...
Overall: Kendall Marshall is a very talented point guard that is sure to arouse some interest in the first round ... If he can add a consistent jump-shot he'll be a quality starter because true floor generals are few and far between ...
Notes: Measured 6'4 (in shoes) 197 lbs, with a 6'4 wingspan at the 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy.

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