LA Lakers Should Gamble on Kendall Marshall

To say the past 18 months have been a whirlwind for Kendall Marshall is quite the understatement. 

After being selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2012 NBA draft, Marshall has since been traded and cut before he even got to take the floor for his new team. Marshall ended up out of the league after just 702 NBA minutes.

Since being let go by the Washington Wizards earlier this year, Marshall has resurfaced in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers—the affiliate for the Philadelphia 76ers.

In his first appearance with Delaware on Thursday, Marshall had as much of a statement game as you can have in the D-league. The former Tar Heel finished with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds while drilling five three-pointers. 

Maybe Marshall won't be the D-League's Oscar Robertson every night, but he sure looked right at home playing in such a frantically paced game.

To give you an example of just how crazy this game was, the 87ers' opponent—the Rio Grande Valley Vipers—shot 54 three-pointers. The NBA regulation record for most three-pointers attempted by a team is 49. That's how fast and loose the D-League can be.

Maybe Marshall could stick in the league if he landed with an NBA team that loved to play fast and push the tempo constantly. Maybe it could work on a team that tried to find looks early in the shot clock every time down.

If only there was an NBA team out there like that...

Wait a second.

Isn't that team the Los Angeles Lakers?

Under Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers are playing at the league's third-fastest pace this season despite leaning on a few guys like Pau Gasol and Steve Blake, who won't break speed records anytime soon. The Lakers are also third in three-point attempts, makes and percentage. This is a team that wants to run and gun at every opportunity. 

Am I saying this...

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