Can LA Lakers Develop Kendall Marshall into Long-Term Starter?

Kendall Marshall's performance with the Los Angeles Lakers makes one wonder whether he is a viable option going forward as the starting point guard.

Marshall has been the Lakers' best floor general this season despite the fact there are far more accomplished players at the position on the roster.

Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar faced numerous ailments that sidelined them during the course of the season, which prompted L.A. general manager Mitch Kupchak to sign Marshall.

Kupchak has since traded Blake in an effort to figure out exactly what his roster has to offer, via Dave McMenamin of

It really got to the point where we needed to free up some time in the backcourt to look at Jordan [Farmar] and give Kendall [Marshall] the time that he's earned and let's review and evaluate where we are with those two players. And the other part of it is, we got back two young players that are developing.

Marshall may have been previously unknown, but he is becoming a known commodity.

Produces Like a Starter

The Lakers expected Marshall to hold down the fort until the guys before him returned. However, Marshall joined the Lakers and looked as though he belonged.

On the season, he is averaging 10.7 points and 9.8 assists per game, which is extremely impressive considering that Chris Paul (also known as the greatest point guard alive) is the lone player in the league averaging double digits in points and assists.

Marshall has developed great chemistry with his teammates and has reached a point where he can anticipate their movements. Watch Marshall anticipate the defensive coverage and throw the lob pass over the top:

Marshall has shown he has a knack for setting guys up, but that's hardly his only skill. Marshall is good at converting long-range shots as evidenced by the fact he is hitting 47 ...

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