Point Guard Kendall Marshall will miss the beginning of the 2015-16 NBA season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Who is going to be the Philadelphia 76ers starting point guard this season?
It’s the question Sixers fans have been asking all summer. Will it be Tony Wroten? Kendall Marshall? Some combination of Pierre Jackson and Isaiah Canaan?
Well, the answer became a bit clearer as it was revealed by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that Marshall, whom the Sixers signed this offseason, will not be ready to start the 2015-16 season as he is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last January.
Marshall averaged 4.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1 rebound per game last season in 28 games with the Milwaukee Bucks before his injury. He hit 39.1 percent from beyond the arc but is not the natural shooting PG the Sixers have been looking for. Marshall is still young (24 years old) and can pass the ball as well as anyone, so there may be room for improvement working with a coach like Brett Brown. But we’re going to have to wait until after the season begins to see if it is enough for him to earn the starting spot down the road.
Odds are that Marshall was never going to be a long-term solution for the team’s issues at point guard anyway. It would appear likely that Wroten will be the starting floor general once the season kicks off on October 28 against the Boston Celtics. For how long is anyone’s guess.