Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be profiling 10 NBA Draft prospects from the class of 2012 that could be realistic targets for the Raptors at No. 8.

Earlier this week I wrote about St. John’s forward Moe Harkless. Up next is UNC point guard Kendall Marshall.

Kendall Marshall – PG – 6’4, 198 lbs.

North Carolina

Kendall Marshall is sure to be one of the more debated prospects in the 2012 NBA Draft class.

On one hand, Marshall is the quintessential team-player, pass-first point guard who makes his teammates better. He played two seasons of college ball for a top flight program at UNC. He has the resume of a guy who should become a successful NBA point guard.

In addition to his precise passing and his high basketball IQ, Marshall possesses great size and strength for the point guard position.

Hopefully the 20-year-old can use that size to his advantage in the NBA though, because while his size and strength are impressive, his lateral quickness and explosiveness, or rather his lack of those attributes, has some wondering how he’ll handle the increasing number of super quick point-men in the Association.

If he can continue to improve his shooting, which came along nicely in his sophomore season, to compliment his great passing, which always translates well, Marshall shouldn’t have a problem carving out a role on an NBA bench.

But can he be a quality starter in the NBA? To be honest, I’m not convinced, and that’s why I’m hoping the Raptors look elsewhere, but if you listened to our last episode of RaptorBlog Radio with Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, you’ll remember that Givony actually said he thinks Marshall will be the best NBA player out of a group of guards I listed.

When someone as plugged in on NBA prospects makes a comment like that, you have to at least take notice.

Comments (4)

  1. I really enjoyed watching Marshall play the last couple of seasons. Total floor general and amazing passer. He pushes the ball (which is why I hate the Calderon comps) and is pretty quick north-south (check the combine testing for the 3/4 sprint) but no doubt there’s good reason to worry about his D at the next level. I’m less worried about his shot.

    It’s funny he gets compared to guys like Andre Miller and Mark Jackson and so few people get excited about that. Andre Miller is still going pretty strong in his mid 30s and you could argue he’s been one of the most underrated players in the last decade or so.

    I very much doubt he’s on the Raptors’ radar but I’d be happy with him on the team. He’s not the new breed of PG but I’m ok with old school sometimes.

  2. One of the few players that I’d be happy with at 8th. I would much rather see the Raptors draft Marshall than Lillard if they decide to draft a point guard. Probably the best candidate to replace Calderon as the starter (other than Bayless) if that’s the direction they decide to take.

    The only negative about him is his obvious lack of scoring. But if and when he develops a jumpshot, he will be one of the top PG’s in the league.

  3. If the team is not looking to draft for a new young knuklehead, Marshall if more than OK.

  4. The Andre Miller comparison is pretty interesting, especially comparing their second years:

    Marshall: 8.1pts, 9.8ast, 2.6rb, 46.7%fg, 35.4%3pt, 69.6%ft
    Miller: 9.8pts, 6.1ast, 4.7rb, 48.6%fg, 28.6%3pt, 58.2%ft

    While lightning-quicky, scoring point guards are sexy, usually it is the large, good-shooting, pass-first point guards who last longer. After all, when the speed goes, it is gone. But height and length stays the same.

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