LAS VEGAS – There was a delay Sunday. Kendall Marshall, the No. 10 pick in the draft, a point guard with passing skills and court vision rarely seen among rookies, did not play in the Suns summer-league opener while waiting for either a contract or insurance arrangements to be finalized, what basically amounts to a minor paperwork issue he plays Tuesday.
In a time of great point-guard transition in Phoenix, though, there are no such certainties once the real season begins. Marshall arrived in the lottery. The bedrock of the Suns, Steve Nash, joined the Lakers in a sign-and-trade, costing Marshall the chance to learn from one of the best but also creating minutes that probably would not have otherwise existed. Then the Suns agreed to a four-year deal to bring Goran Dragic back, and there went some of Marshall’s post-Nash minutes.
The lottery pick from North Carolina is not sure where it leaves him, but he also does not seem to care whether he enters training camp No. 1 on the depth chart or as the projected backup, only now behind another veteran.
“I think there were plusses and negatives both ways,” he said of the chance to study under Nash. “He’s one of the greatest minds to ever play this game and I feel like I could have learned a lot from him. At the same time, you can also learn a lot from experience, just being thrown out there.”
And then to have the Suns bring in Dragic?
“As a team, you want to win,” Marshall said. “If they feel like that’s what it’s going to take for us to win, then I have no problem with that.”