The Phoenix Suns may have just replaced No.13 with the No. 13 pick Thursday night.
With their lone selection in the 2012 NBA draft, the Suns chose North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall.
This doesn't necessarily mean free agent Steve Nash won't return next season, but it definitely doesn't help. Nash has made it clear that he wants weapons around him -- players like Joe Johnson and Amar'e Stoudemire -- if he is to remain in purple and orange.
After last night, it's beginning to look like the Suns are ready to rebuild, and if that's the case, Marshall should be a good fit for Phoenix's uptempo style. He's no Nash, but the 6-4 southpaw brings a lot to the court.
Here are three reasons Marshall could develop into the Suns' point guard of the future.
1. He's a superb passer. In his two years of college ball, Marshall averaged 8.0 assists per game. Last year -- as a sophomore -- he collected 351 assists, good for the fourth-highest total in NCAA history.
2. He makes good decisions. Unlike other young point guards (e.g., John Wall and Jeremy Lin), Marshall is careful with the basketball. As a Tar Heel he averaged a mere 2.6 turnovers per game, and just a few months ago, he led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.5.
3. He can shoot the basketball. Because Marshall is a pass first, shoot second point guard, he didn't score many points while in college, but that doesn't mean he can't get the round mound of leather through the metal cylinder. Last season he accumulated a 46.7 shooting percentage. Plus, during the NCAA tournament, when it mattered most, he shot 12-for-15 from the field in two games.
Jared Bray is a featured contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has followed the Phoenix Suns his entire life.
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