Top 10 Phoenix Suns Draft Misses (series 3 of 10)
The Top 10 Phoenix Suns Draft Misses series list is based on players that were drafted by the Suns in the last 30 years and were either busts that never lived up to the hype considering their draft spot & potential or players that left via trade/free agency and turned out to be really good players elsewhere that could have contributed to the Suns team success.
And #8 on the Phoenix Suns Draft Misses is:
#8 Kendall Marshall, drafted 2012 1st round #13 overall
Kendall Marshall was drafted by the Suns to become the heir apparent to Steve Nash and usher them into a new era. A whole lot to ask of anyone to fill those massive sized shoes. Marshall was an excellent floor general coming out of the University of North Carolina. He was an exceptional passer and had tremendous basketball I.Q. However those qualities hardly showed as much in the NBA as did his lack of an offensive game.
His time in Phoenix went by in the blink of an eye. He played only one season appearing in 48 games and starting 3 of them. He played very little in 6 of the Suns first 16 games before being sent down to the D-league missing the teams next 11 games. Again he played very sparingly once recalled. He got more of a oppurtunity to play over the course of the teams last 36 games. He just barely averaged 3 points and 3 assists in 14.6 minutes in his lone season in the desert.
After a very disappointing season all around for the Suns lottery pick and an entirely new regime taking over, Kendall was on his way out. He was traded along with Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, and Malcolm Lee, to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and a 2014 first-round draft pick, only to be waived three days later. He spent a couple of weeks in the D-league with the Philadelphia 87ers before being signed by the Los Angeles Lakers to back up the man he was originally drafted to take the place of, Steve Nash.
He really started to show the potential of a floor general the Suns were hoping for when they reached for him at #13, averaging 8 points and 8.8 assists for the Lakers this past year.
Notable players selected after Kendall Marshall in the first round in 2012:
Tyler Zeller #17, Terrence Jones #18, Jarrod Sullinger #18, Miles Plumlee #26 and Marquis Teague #29
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs