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Marshall Wins Best #TBT Post

Kendall Marshall is one of the more active participants on social media, particularly with his Instagram and Vine accounts.

His Instagram picture as an 11-year-old at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2003 with Pau Gasol was voted the winner for the best #TBT post this year.

ASW ’03. I was 11. ha @paugasol

Seventh Inning Stretch with Kendall Marshall

gimme some peanuts and apple jacks! lmaooo 1st game, so fun! #Dodgers

Kendall Marshall: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0596Claimed out of the NBA D-League in mid-December, Kendall Marshall soon found himself in the starting lineup due to injuries that hit every Lakers point guard. He appeared in 54 games (45 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists (second in the league) and 2.9 rebounds on 40.6 percent field goals and 39.9 percent on three-pointers. During one stretch in January, he posted five straight games of at least 10 points and 10 assists, one of three players to have such a streak this year.

- On how his exit meeting went and what type of feedback he received from Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni:

“Meeting went well. We talked about what I needed to get better at for next year. The main thing was the mental approach. Obviously I have some physical limitations so they want to make sure I master the game mentally. I felt like I was a rookie this year. Playing every single night and playing almost 40 minutes a night wore on me.”

- On if he envisioned being handed the reigns to an NBA team:
“I didn’t see that coming. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Certain things had to fall into place. I don’t wish injuries on anybody but I was the benefactor of that. When I first got here, I was just happy to be here. I was trying to be the greatest teammate. Then I realized I could play in this league. If I work hard I can play in this league.”

- On the influence Steve Nash had on him this year:
“Steve Nash is a great veteran. I felt like I was creeping on him. When you have a guy as great as him, you want to watch his every move. When he went out for his pregame workouts, I would pull out my phone and video tape him. I wanted to see what he does.”

- On what he learned this season:
“I showed I can run a team. I can get guys the ball. I don’t think it was ever a question but it was more solidified and I showed an ability to knock down shots. Now it’s just doing it on a more consistent basis.”

Marshall, Young Flaunt Shoe Game

It’s been well documented that Nick Young and Kendall Marshall are two of the biggest sneakerheads on the Lakers.

@jethrowellington you aint got these lol S/O to my dog @kendrickmsugar 4 the hook up #Supreme these will be seein the court tomorrow @nicekicks get ready lol

haaaa @swaggyp1 truuuue. But Ion’t think you wanna talk that foam nonsense with me! @nicekicks @geokthree will somebody please tell this guy.

Who has the better shoe game? Swaggy P. or KButter?

Marshall, Meeks Plead Fashion Crime

At shootaround on Thursday in Milwaukee, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks both had something to say about Kent Bazemore’s pants.

Lakers at the Movies

After landing in Milwaukee, the Lakers watched a prescreening of “Noah,” set to be released in theaters on Friday.

Nick Young, again, went straight to the concession stands.

Kendall Marshall Sittin’ Courtside

Over All-Star Weekend, Kendall Marshall had a little free time to see his alma mater, North Carolina, upset No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

He also had a little fun with the student section, got some air time on radio and caught up with another former Tar Heel Sean May.

Inside Kendall Marshall’s Assist Numbers

Coming into the league, Kendall Marshall was known as a pass-first point guard. That sentiment has been largely evident during his stint in L.A. thus far.

In his first start with the Lakers, Marshall finished with career highs of 20 points and 15 assists to help L.A. snap a six-game skid with a 110-99 win over Utah on Jan. 3. In the following home game vs. Denver, Marshall registered a new career high with 17 dimes. The 32 assists over his first two starts were most by a Laker since at least 1970-71 when stats were recorded.

“That’s my strength,” Marshall said postgame. “That’s what I try to do – to get guys involved every night.”

Over the next 13 games in January – all starts with Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) sidelined – Marshall reached double-digit assists in nine of those contests. That included a five-game stretch of at least 10 points and 10 dimes, a feat duplicated only by Chris Paul and Ty Lawson this season.

For the first five games in February, Marshall came off the bench with Nash assuming the starting role. Still, Marshall posted double-digit assist efforts at Philly (10 in 20 minutes) and vs. Chicago (11). With Nash out vs. Oklahoma City on Thursday, the North Carolina product again tied his career high with 17 helpers. Below is a shot chart of where Marshall set up his teammates, courtesy of
*VIDEO: Watch all of Marshall’s 17 assists.


Should Marshall qualify* among the league leaders, he would rank second in the NBA in assists (9.5), behind only Chris Paul (11.1). Furthermore, per the new SportsVU tracking data, he trails only Paul (25.0) in points created by assist per game (21.5).
*For a player to qualify, a player must be on pace to play 70 games or distribute 400 assists.

Marshall is not only finding teammates, but he’s taking care of the ball. Marshall currently ranks fourth in assist to turnover ratio (3.5) among all guards, behind Paul (4.4), Dallas’s Jose Calderon (3.9) and Milwaukee’s Nate Wolters (3.8).

Rivalry Week: Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall

This isn’t just a normal week.

There’s a big game with North Carolina hosting No. 8 Duke tonight at 6:00 p.m. PT.

Which also means some friendly trash talking between Duke product Ryan Kelly and North Carolina product Kendall Marshall.

On Monday, Kelly had this to tweet in response to Marshall kicking his sneakers to the floor.

On Tuesday, Marshall posted a picture on his Instagram.

Former rivals and now teammates engaging in some good ol’ trash talking.
*Check out Marshall’s Twitter and see what else he has to say about Duke fans.

Marshall’s Shooting Surprise

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsThe knock on Kendall Marshall heading into his NBA career, and into the 2013-14 season with the Lakers after his D-League call up, was that he couldn’t shoot at an NBA level.

Known for his passing at the University of North Carolina, Marshall struggled with his percentages in limited playing time as a rookie for the Suns. In 14.6 minutes a night in 48 games (three starts), he shot 37.1 percent from the field (56 of 151) and 31.5 percent from three (23 of 73).

But in his 23 games (15 starts) for the Lakers, Marshall is leading the entire NBA in three-point shooting. Not Kyle Korver (third), Kevin Durant (13th) or Klay Thompson (18th). Kendall Marshall.


Marshall has drained 44 of the 89 three pointers he’s attempted for that league-best average of 49.4 percent, and converted on 46.5 percent of his total field goals (92 of 198), tied with Chris Paul for second amongst point guards behind only Tony Parker (50 percent).

Coach Mike D’Antoni was asked if he expected anywhere near this level of shooting success from a guard picked up only after Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar went down with injuries.

“No,” D’Antoni said, shaking his head. “But Kendall is shooting the ball extremely well.”

What in particular has worked about Marshall’s shot?

“What works is it’s going in,” D’Antoni answered. “You’d have to ask him. He has to have his feet set, but that’s OK.”

So I asked Marshall.

“I think it’s the confidence to take the shot,” he said. “I used to be known as a shooter my whole life, but then I became a power point guard sophomore year in high school always trying to get to the rim.”

Marshall had grown a few inches and put on some muscle, and became more of a drive-and-dish player. But he never felt like his shot left him, and didn’t much change his form, aside from perhaps “getting a little more air under the ball.”

“I know I have a slow release and not a lot of motion,” he said. “Honestly, every coach I’ve had has told me I have a good form.”

So confidence it must be. And what helps with confidence more than anything else? Playing time.

Due to the rash of injuries for Los Angeles, Marshall averaged 38.5 minutes per game in January, and he benefited from the knowledge that he’d be on the court whether or not he made shots. Since Nash and Blake – and Farmar for a game – came back in February, Marshall’s kept that confidence in a reserve role, shooting even better in less time.

In 25.8 minutes off the bench in four February games, Marshall hit 14 of his 23 shots, including 9 of 12 three-pointers.

D’Antoni has asked for some improvement from Marshall on the defensive end, but couldn’t be much happier with the production on offense.

Marshall, after all, would rank second in the NBA in assists per game with his 9.3 per night if he’d played enough games to qualify … and his shooting has been notable enough that it took nearly 500 words to get to his passing.