Kendall Marshall Claimed by Bucks: Latest Contract Details, Analysis, Reaction

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 2: Kendall Marshall #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers in a game against the Sacramento Kings on April 2, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks bolstered their backcourt Sunday in claiming point guard Kendall Marshall off waivers.

News of Marshall's arrival was reported by the Bucks' official Twitter account, and a release through the team's website confirmed it:

Marshall appreciated the previous opportunity he had with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he is also looking forward to his impending stint in Milwaukee:

Obscure food references aside, the message Marshall communicated was crystal clear. It has indeed been a turbulent couple of years to start his NBA career.

After being the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Marshall's stint with the Phoenix Suns ended before it began. The desert offered no chance for Marshall to prove himself, and he was almost immediately hit with the "bust" label.

Marshall was assigned to the D-League by the Suns after appearing in just six games, though he would return to the NBA and play sparingly in 48 games as a rookie. Then, he was traded to the Washington Wizards and cut shortly thereafter, which led to another D-League spell.

Then, the injury-riddled Lakers finally gave Marshall a true shot, and he thrived in coach Mike D'Antoni's uptempo offense. Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per contest in 54 games, with 45 starts last season.

Even with a stellar season on his resume, LA still assigned Marshall to play in the NBA Summer League—something he seemed to feel slighted by.

"I feel like I still have a lot to prove,” Marshall said, as per's Dave McMenamin. "For some reason, there’s always a reason why I’m successful or why I’m not successful. So I kind of need to put that doubt to rest and just go out there and prove I can play."

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel weighed in on Marshall joining the Bucks:

There is no doubting Marshall's distributing prowess—a nice departure from the brief and rather frustrating era of Brandon Jennings manning the point. Projected starter Brandon Knight is much more of a scorer and could have more opportunities to work off the ball, and Marshall may also represent an upgrade in the rotation from Nate Wolters.

The Bucks weren't strong on either end of the court in 2013-14. With the arrival of No. 2 overall draft choice Jabari Parker, Milwaukee has added immediate offense and lineup versatility.

The move to acquire Marshall also helps the Bucks in that regard. Parker will create matchup problems when deployed at the 4 with his athleticism, and blossoming youngster Giannis Antetokounmpo figures to be a force at small forward in the future.

Marshall is not the most athletic point guard, but he has a high basketball IQ and has a young, talented supporting cast at his disposal to learn and develop with. This is a mutually beneficial decision, as Marshall is afforded an unprecedented opportunity to prove himself on the court with a team that actually sought him out.

The Lakers turned to Marshall in near desperation, searching for a spark. Phoenix gave up on Marshall before he was able to grow into a respectable, capable NBA player. Now, the Bucks—and Marshall himself—are reaping the benefits.