The Phoenix Suns have their point guard of the future.
The question now becomes: Exactly when does that future start?
Truth be told: When the Suns selected North Carolina's Kendall Marshall with the 13th overall pick, they hoped they were getting a 2012-13 backup.
Only time will tell whether free agent Steve Nash re-signs with the club this summer.
Either way, the Suns are confident they've landed a similar player -- a glue-type leader who demonstrated an uncanny ability to keep a wide assortment of talented teammates happy before getting hurt late last season.
En route to setting an Atlantic Coast Conference single-season assists record as a sophomore, the 6-foot-4 standout often played like Nash. The Suns are hoping to create an even greater resemblance by teaming the ball-distributing whizzes for at least the next season or two.
If Marshall has to start immediately, the Suns shouldn't have to worry much about culture shock. With Carolina teammates Harrison Barnes (No. 7), John Henson (14th) and Tyler Zeller (17th) also having been first-round picks this year, you could argue the 20-year-old will take a step backward in supporting cast when he steps on the floor with last year's 33-33 NBA club.