State of the Nation: 2013 Holiday Edition

Can Kendall Marshall become a quality addition to this team?

Image: Chris Schneider | AP Photo

Image: Chris Schneider | AP Photo

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: Of course he can. Marshall needs time on the court to improve his overall game and adapt to the NBA but I believe he will improve. Marshall has a high ceiling and just needs to be in the right system to reveal himself.

Oren Levy // @LakersOren: It’s too early to say. D’Antoni can certainly get the most out of point guards (See Steves Nash and Blake), but in limited action so far, Marshall looks far too much like Darius Morris for my liking. He’s 22, on a team with no point guards, and in the right system. If he can’t make it here, he can’t make it anywhere.

Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: I think so.  He still has plenty of room for improvement but we are talking about a player who was considered the best point guard in the college game just two years ago. He’s a natural point guard and that can help this team moving forward.  He needs to work on his game offensively and the biggest knock on Marshall is that while he has good size, he lacks athleticism.

Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: Judging off of the way he has been used up to this point, I do not expect Marshall to have much of an impact in LA.

Belal Abdelfattah // @ItsBelal_A: I really have no idea what Marshall can bring to this team. He’s definitely not known for his shot, but his passing ability in this offense should get guys like Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry looks they can take with confidence. With the point guard situation right now, Mike D might as well give Marshall a shot and see what he can do.

Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBGIt’s much too early to tell since we’ve only seen him in spot minutes during the course of two games. He does fill a need, though. Mike D’Antoni’s offense is predicated on strong point guard play, and until Kendall Marshall showed up, the Lakers were down every point guard they had. How much worse could it be?

Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran: No. With Farmar and Blake set to return to the lineup, I don’t see much of a role for a below average point guard who can’t shoot in this system. There’s a reason he was in the D-League when we signed him.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0: He’s a pass first point guard under D’Antoni… I think he’ll get a fair shot at it, specially with how depleted we are at the position.

Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: I would need Kendall to get a few practices under his belt before I could accurately judge him. I always believed, and still do, that he has potential to be a serviceable lead guard but I do not believe that this Lakers situation is the one where he can grow into that role. With that being said, if his jump shot has improved from his days in Phoenix I could see him earning a few more minutes than what D’Antoni would originally have given him.

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