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There's nothing quite like burning a team that wouldn't give you a chance.
Kendall Marshall was an afterthought for the Washington Wizards when they traded for Marcin Gortat, and he was promptly waived once the deal went through. Apparently, the Wizards thought they were just fine at point guard.
Things can change quickly over a few months, though, and now the Wizards are desperately searching for a backup point guard while Marshall thrives in Los Angeles.
It's hard to beat up on the Wizards too much, as every team had its shot at giving Marshall a roster spot.
After a brief stint in the D-League, the 22-year-old former lottery pick was picked up by the Lakers after the entire roster was seemingly wiped out by injuries. Opportunity knocked, and Marshall answered.
In 32 minutes a game, Marshall has averaged 10.3 points and 9.5 assists and has proven to be a very capable distributor in Mike D'Antoni's point guard-friendly system.
Perhaps the most surprising part about Marshall's success this year is his shooting. That was the primary reason every team stayed away, but the UNC grad is hitting 46.5 percent from behind the arc this season.
Picking up Marshall and signing him to a long-term deal nice and early was one of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak's finest moves, and that's saying something giving his track record. Marshall won't be out of the league again.