76ers Upgrade Point Guard With Kendall Marshall
Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia 76ers might actually be trying to win some games. Per reports, the team filled a major need on Wednesday night when they signed veteran point guard Kendall Marshall to a four-year deal.
Kendall Marshall’s deal with Philadelphia is for 4 years descending – only 1st season fully guaranteed @BBallInsiders
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) September 9, 2015
The Sixers traded away would-be franchise point guard Michael Carter-Williams last season and heading into the 2015-16 NBA season only have an injured Tony Wroten to fall back on. Isaiah Canaan failed as a starting option during the second half of last season, while young point guards Pierre Jackson and T.J. McConnell might not even make the final roster.
Marshall was a much-needed pass-first point guard who could do something the athletic Wroten couldn’t: shoot. Marshall certainly brings with him some limitations (he has his own knee issue), but is a solid play-maker and will right away be one of Philadelphia’s best shooters – specifically from outside.
While Marshall isn’t a lock to win the starting point guard job over Wroten, he’s oddly a step in the right direction for a franchise seemingly void of many fundamentally balanced wing players. The move could even shift Wroten to the two spot, where his athletic ability and natural scoring nature may be best suited. With Nik Stauskas either starting or rotating in on the wing as well, the move to sign Marshall gives a young Sixers squad a more natural fit at the point, and in the end, more depth.
The 76ers aren’t going to be making the NBA playoffs anytime soon, but with a ton of young talent and plenty of assets, now seems like the right time for the franchise to start working back toward being competitive. Philly just drafted big man Jahlil Okafor in the 2015 NBA Draft and already has Nerlens Noel in place. Marshall doesn’t fix their issues at the point entirely and won’t make Philly a playoff team, but he’s certainly a solid signing and a positive step in the right direction.
Don’t bank on Philly winning many more games because of Kendall Marshall, but he’ll at least run the offense like a pro and help space the floor as a shooter. The Sixers don’t have guys falling off the roster that can do that, so it will be welcomed, to say the least.
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