It appears the Philadelphia 76ers are on the hunt for another point guard.
Since the offseason began, the team has brought in three lead ball handlers (Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, and T.J. McConnell), and now they have interest in Kendall Marshall, a source told reporter Michael Kaskey-Blomain.
The #sixers have expressed interest in free agent G Kendall Marshall, per source.
— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) August 31, 2015
Marshall, a six-foot-four guard, has previously been with the Sixers organization: he played seven games for the Delaware 87ers (the franchise’s D-League affiliate) in 2013. Since being drafted with the 13th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the UNC grad has played stints for three NBA teams – the Phoenix Suns, the LA Lakers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, Marshall played 28 games with Milwaukee before tearing his ACL in January.
In terms of his playing style, Marshall would be a nice fit with the Sixers. During his time with the Lakers, he really thrived in Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense, and, while Philly could look to slow down significantly this year, they will probably still be in the top half of teams in pace. Marshall is elite at setting up his teammates: over the past three NBA seasons, he ranks sixth among all players in Assist Percentage (although his turnover numbers are high as well).
More specifically, Marshall is a skillful post passer, which could aid the development of rookie big man Jahlil Okafor. In addition to his pinpoint passing, Marshall would bring solid outside shooting to the Sixers, as he has shot 37.7% from three-point land for his career.
At 24 years old, Marshall may still have some upside, and any contract he signs with the Sixers will most likely be for very little and could include a couple of non-guaranteed years. So, Philadelphia would not be taking a big financial risk in signing Marshall. The essential question is whether he would be worth a valuable roster spot. Although moves will most likely be made before then, the Sixers’ training camp roster currently stands one below the limit of twenty players.
With about four weeks to go before training camp, we are still far from fully figuring out the Sixers’ point guard situation. Will it be Tony Wroten? Could it be Isaiah Canaan? Perhaps even Jackson, Wilbekin, McConnell, or Marshall? The starting PG job is there for the taking, and if Marshall is signed, he will have as good a shot as anyone at nabbing it.