Marshall, the Sixers' third-string point guard, only entered the rotation due to the absence of Ish Smith (ankle), and finished with his most playing time since Dec. 23. As Saturday's awful assist-to-turnover ratio illustrates, Marshall simply doesn't appear to be an NBA-caliber point guard at this time, and will likely see his role dissolve completely if Smith returns to action Monday against the Clippers as expected.
Kendall Marshall (coach's decision) didn't play in Wednesday's 96-87 win over the Magic.
Although coach Brett Brown was initially counting on Marshall to claim the starting role at point guard upon returning from a torn ACL in December, the 24-year-old's ineffectiveness ultimately led the team to trade for Ish Smith, who has been a godsend since arriving from New Orleans. Since Smith's acquisition, Marshall has also been passed up on the depth chart by T.J. McConnell, who has excelled in a backup capacity, leaving no minutes available for Marshall. As a result, Marshall, who hasn't played in five of the team's last six games, will likely require a Smith or McConnell injury before reclaiming a rotation spot.
Kendall Marshall played only four minutes in Monday's 95-91 loss to the Jazz, scoring two points (1-2 FG).
Marshall was anointed as the Philadelphia 76ers ' starting point guard shortly after making his season debut earlier this month following his recovery from a torn ACL, but after a string of lackluster performances, the team elected to cut bait with the experiment. Ish Smith was acquired from the Pelicans on Dec. 24 and has immediately been inserted into the starting lineup over the last two games, leaving Marshall and T.J. McConnell to pick up the spare minutes behind him. Smith exploded for 22 points and 11 assists in Monday's contest, and those outstanding numbers should give him plenty of security in the starting role. As a result, Marshall will have to settle for limited duty going forward and isn't a worthwhile option in deep leagues at this point.
Marshall still hasn't been cleared to take part in both ends of back-to-back sets, thereby allowing Tony Wroten another start at the point. However, expect Marshall to fill that role Wednesday, while Wroten sits out that day for rest.
Kendall Marshall managed eight points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, and two rebounds in 18 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 108-86 loss versus the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Marshall is averaging 4.0 points (41.2 FG, 28.6 3Pt), 4.5 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 17 minutes per game through four games. 76ers' coach Brett Brown stated that the starting spot is Marshall's to lose, and it will be interesting to see what kinds of stat-lines he produces once he is able to play more than 20 minutes, which has been his restriction thus far this season. Marshall, Tony Wroten, and T.J. McConnell essentially split the minutes available at point guard on Sunday, but if Wroten spends more time at the two it's possible Marshall could soon be seeing a healthy load of minutes as the 76ers' lead ball-handler.
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