Who Will Be LA Lakers’ Starting Point Guard Next Season?

The Los Angeles Lakers have gone through more than their share of point guard woes this season. With this season half over, a new question looms—who will be starting at the point when next season rolls around?

Before diving in with any quick answers, let’s consider a few things:

Kobe Bryant’s new two-year contract extension begins next season. This will likely be the final chapter in his playing career in the NBA—his 19th and 20th seasons with the Purple and Gold. Bryant wants another ring, and a quality point guard helps pave the way.

At the same time, the Lakers have only two point guards under contract for next season. Steve Nash is about to turn 40, and his best years are behind him. This isn’t a knock on his talent or dedication—Nash is one of the all-time greats. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to get injury free since joining the Lakers and time seems to have finally won out.

Kendall Marshall probably wouldn’t have entered this discussion if not for a calamitous string of injuries that sidelined the entire point guard rotation and a couple of shooting guards as well. Marshall played two uneventful season for the Phoenix Suns before being waived. Two of the major knocks against him have been his suspect footwork and a low release set-shot.

Bob Young from the Arizona Republic wrote about Marshall’s shot mechanics and the unsuccessful effort last summer by new Suns coach Jeff Hornacek to fix the problem:

I talked to him about getting his shot up higher, and I’m not sure he has yet. It’s a tough thing to do. He’s put a lot of time in at the gym practicing shooting, which has helped him make more shots. But the better you get, at some point the guy is going to come out and get up on you, and that’s when that shot can’t come from down low. You’ll never get it off.

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