Jeremy Lin On Kendall Marshall: ‘He’s A Phenomenal Passer’

Jeremy Lin On Kendall Marshall: ‘He’s A Phenomenal Passer’


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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Once Kobe Bryant went down with a knee injury that would sideline him for six weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers were forced to make a move to help shoulder the load in the backcourt.

As a result, the Lakers signed D-Leaguer Kendall Marshall. No one knew what to expect from Marshall, but he’s been much better than expected in his first seven games with the Lakers.

With head coach Mike D’Antoni recently comparing Marshall to Jeremy Lin, the current Houston Rockets point guard chimed in on Marshall and what he’s seen from him thus far via Dave McMenamin of

“He’s done a great job,” Lin said when asked about Marshall after the Houston Rockets’ shootaround Wednesday in preparation for the Lakers. “He’s a phenomenal passer and he’s just a smart, smart player. He’s definitely taken advantage of the opportunity and all the injuries that they have and really done a great job. So, I think people are happy for him, for sure.”

Over the course of his first few games with the Lakers, Marshall averaged 9.7 points, 6.9 assists while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Although Marhsall’s averages over seven games won’t turn any heads, the UNC product has really stepped up his game as the team’s starter.

In the three games Marshall has started, the Lakers newcomer is averaging 15.6 points and 12.6 assists per game. Impressive numbers to say the least for a player that was playing in the D-League back in December.

It remains to be seen if Marshall can continue to play at a high level while the Lakers deal with injuries to Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Kobe Bryant. Marshall’s future with the team will be uncertain once the team gets healthy, but he’s definitely making the best of his opportunity in the meantime.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jeremy Lin is 100% right about Kendall Marshall.I respect Jeremy Lin as he is a great story in the NBA and he is a very good Point Guard.But one thing is for sure Kendall Marshall is the real deal just look back at his high school and college passing skills and if you know a damn thing about basketball then you would know Kendall Marshall is one of the best passers in the NBA.

    Kendall Marshall won the Bob Cousy award in College as the best passer in the NCAA.Kendall was a lottery pick just a season ago come on now he is for real.People must know this is his 4th start ever tonight.Kendall Marshall is a second year sensation,just phenomenal tbh.

    This kid Kendall Marshall is very special as a player,one of a kind.Jeremy Lin is well respected and very smart himself and he knows how the IQ of Marshall.Kendall is the smartest basketball player i have seen in a very long time.I play basketball and i would love to have Kendall passing me the ball my scoring would go way up and my FG% would rise up.I would select him number 1 since he would pass the ball to me and our teammates.A coaches dream to have.

    • Sti1lmatic

      I was excited about laker games again once I read that they signed KM. My cousin is a hater but I feel KM is a true PG. Reminds me a lot of Steve Nash on how he reads the defense and his crystal clear court vision. Super clean passes too.

  • Suns Fan Suns Man

    Kendall Marshall is a Wizard when he passes the ball.Jeremy Lin is great also.

  • Mr. Hardcore

    Yeah i remember back in the 1980’s John Stockton was the best passer now in the modern day it’s Kendall Marshall.He is a genius and very accurate at passing.

  • Iggy

    I think Kendall Marshall is very cute i am a chick that enjoys basketball.Jeremy Lin is my favorite player in the NBA since i am a fan of his,but i dig Kendall Marshall he is hot and he is a great player.He plays hard and he is very smart and a superb passer.Great to see him lol.Jeremy Lin is telling the truth about Kendall.

  • Tar Heels Thriller

    Kendall Marshall got’s the NBA by the balls right now.Everyone is sucking up to Kendall Marshall and it’s great to see.Kendall Marshall deserves all the acclaim and credit for his recent play with the Lakers.I am a North Carolina alumni and i watched Kendall play every game for the Tar Heels.

    I remember being so ecstatic when he signed out of High School to play for North Carolina and Coach Roy Williams.Actually Marshall has improved a ton since his college days,he seems to be a much better shooter and a even more poised and better passer than before.He is a great humble kid that is a winner team player.

    I bought all of his rookie cards and they are going to sky rocket in price.Kendall is a Lakers lead guy and the fans are going to love him.

    • Tarheel For Live

      I am also a UNC alum and have watched him for quite a while. When he got drafted the first thing I said was “uh oh, wrong team”. I knew that if this kid got with the right team he was going to be dynamic. I remember his first UNC games as a starter dude dished out 16 dimes. Reminds me a lot of Danny Green who everyone with the exception of San Antonio pretty much said he was a flop. Just give Marshall some time under his belt and watch how he develops. His nickname is butter because “he likes to spread it around”.

  • The Hype Man

    Marshall Madness and Linsanity play eachother tonight.Dream match tune in.

  • Lakers Fletch

    Yes indeed Kendall Marshall is a phenomenal passer and is very smart.Thx Lin.

  • Boobie Knight

    Really?!?!? Did any of you watch the game last night? He was dishing up garbage all over the place. I can’t believe what I’m reading. Yep, definitely the next John Stockton . And Meeks is the next Reggie Miller and Sacre is the next Patrick Ewing. Unbelievable.

    • Pau Gasol Hates Mike D’Antoni

      LOL Falco it was his third start of the season.Chill everyone he had some of his passes fumbled by his D-League teammates.Anyways a couple of his turnovers were in garbage time because Pau Gasol was out of position.And Ryan Kelly is a crappy shooter so he is not trustworthy to pass to.Kendall Marshall has done great so far.He is only 22 years old with a total of 3 starts under his belt as a Laker.Give him a chance ever Point Guard is not perfect and makes turnovers.Russell Westbrook is a TURNOVER MACHINE.Settle down people lol.

  • Marty Susman

    I have been watching basketball longer then I care fro remember & I have seen a lot of point guards. There are scoring point guards, passing point guards & some that do both but one more then the other…KM seems to be a pass first guy, he actually seems to want assists more then points. I am also sure if given a “real” chance to play & not sit on the bench he could be as close to Nash in his prime as you can get. The only liability I see so far is his inability to be a “real shooter as well”. I am also pretty sure he could make major progress in his shooting with time & practice. The only question is, can he guard Curry, Irving, CP3, Westbrook Etc. If he can, then the Lakers have a future point, if not, wait till 2015 & get Irving or Wall who will both leave the teams they are on now.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Nash in his prime?

      • Marty Susman

        Yes, Nash was a pass first point & developed his shot over the years, His most important asset was his passing ability & being the floor boss…

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          Your just compared a 2 time MVP and hall of famer to some dude who was in the D-league 3 weeks ago.

          KM cannot create his own shot or shoot in traffic and most definitely cannot play defense. He couldnt even guard nate robinson.

          • Marty Susman

            First off he is a rookie, second of all he is with our question a superb floor general/passer BUT as I sad above, he needs to defend & shoot, both needing time & practice…

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            First off he was drafted by the suns with the 13th pick in the 2012 draft. You obviously have no clue what your talking about.

          • Will

            I believe Marty was referring to Kendall Marshall. Not Steven Nash. Marshall is pretty raw and he has time to develop. He is also in a good environment right now.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss


          • Will


          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            Yea – he got cut.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            fucking retard

          • Dan Cohen

            u gotta watch what you say.. once you compare him to 2 time MVP.. you will get clobbered. I don’t mind comparison, but people are just like that. It was like when Lin emerged and people were comparing him to Nash.. during that time. That was too early to tell too.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Accurate description of Kendall in terms of his passing.Yes Kendall can make it as a Steve Nash type of player.Not very many Point Guards can stop Stephen Curry,Irving,CP3,Westbrook,Tony Parker so the way i see it is if Kendall Marshall has 18 Points and 12 Assists and Russell Westbrook or whichever elite Point Guard has 22 Points and 10 Assists it’s a Push and that is the best anyone can ask for given our past problems with Point Guard production.

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        except ….as we saw last night – KM cant shoot his way out of a paper bag unless hes 4 feet behind the 3 pt line

  • Whitman Lam

    KM can be a shorter Ricky Rubio … but in order to last in the NBA, you have to score points. That’s the bottom line.

    • Kam

      Rubio is a below-average perimeter shooter and in scoring, but that hasn’t stop him being a starting PG in the league. Sometimes you have to be fortunate to be on a team who believes in you as its main facilitator despite having inferior shooting/scoring skills. Why can’t Kendall M.? On the flip side, you can be a team’s best PG facilitator and very good scorer and find yourself “demoted” to 6th man role (see Jeremy Lin with Houston). Teams do have the same agenda (reach playoff and win championship) though varied in philosophy in their approach.

  • webattorney

    Kendall Marshall is a worse version of Rubio. He cannot create his owns shots; that’s why he has to pass. Cannot believe he was selected top 20 in draft. Good passer though.