Elite Point Guards and Ball Control

In his short time running the point for the Lakers former lottery draft pick Kendall Marshall has been quite good.  According to 82games.com LA is 3 points better per 100 possessions with Marshall on the floor as opposed to their other point guard options (primarily Steve Blake).

In twelve games Marshall is averaging 9 assists per game in just over 30 minutes.  These numbers are tremendous especially for someone who was released a few months back by the Wizards.  The former Tar Heel has also shot the ball really well (57% True Shooting, 11 points/game).

Mike D’Antoni and Lakers management should be very happy with Marshall’s performance.  The only real issue is the turnover factor.  Marshall turns the ball over on one-quarter of his possessions used.  This is the difference between a good point guard and an all-time great one (Chris Paul):

Totals

Advanced

Rk

Player

Tm

G

MP

AST

TOV

TOV%

AST%

1

Chris Paul

LAC

34

1178

380

85

12.9

54.0

2

Kendall Marshall

LAL

12

370

109

38

25.4

46.3

3

Stephen Curry

GSW

38

1436

351

166

17.7

40.9

4

Deron Williams

BRK

22

665

152

61

19.2

40.9

5

John Wall

WAS

38

1408

328

134

15.7

40.1

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/18/2014.

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