What Kendall Marshall Brings to the Table for LA Lakers

I'll tell you what Kendall Marshall brings to the table—a functioning body with all of his limbs and ligaments intact. 

If you didn't hear, Marshall has been named the new conductor of the Los Angeles Lakers offense, with Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all out for at least the next three weeks. 

Two months ago, Marshall was traded by the Phoenix Suns and immediately waived by the Washington Wizards. And now he's the Lakers' starting point guard. 

"Stuff is happening pretty fast," Marshall told Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times.

Marshall should be in line for major minutes, given how shallow L.A.'s backcourt is with Kobe Bryant and Xavier Henry also on the shelf. 

However, there is hope for a match between Marshall and the Lakers. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him put up some numbers in Mike D'Antoni's offense.

There's no doubt Marshall has his flaws, but if there's one thing positive you can say for sure, it's that he's as pure as they come at his position. Marshall is a pass-first, pass-second, natural point guard.

As a sophomore at North Carolina, Marshall finished No. 2 in the country in assists with 9.7 a game. He was aided by the tempo that coach Roy Williams liked to play at—the Tar Heels finished No. 9 in the country in pace that year. 

The good news is that the Lakers currently rank No. 4 in the NBA pace, which should tie in well with Marshall's down-court vision. 

His core strength is passing. And that's realistically what he's going to provide most to L.A. He's a precision passer, both from an accuracy and timeliness standpoint. Pick-and-rolls, skip passes, bounce passes through traffic, bounce passes from distance, fast-break passes—Marshall's best attribute is his instincts as a distributor. 

But while his passing game is strong, Marshall's p...

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