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Phoenix Suns rookie Kendall Marshall going to NBA D-League

The Phoenix Suns assigned rookie point guard Kendall Marshall to the NBA Development League.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

After playing limited minutes this season, the Phoenix Suns assigned rookie point guard Kendall Marshall to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Marshall, the No. 13 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, played limited minutes this season. He appeared in six of the Suns' 16 games, playing 34 total minutes. Interestingly, the Suns decided to send Marshall to the D-League following the best game of his career.

He played 16 minutes on Wednesday against Detroit, scoring seven points on 3-of-6 shooting. The points were the first points of Marshall's NBA career. While he scored his first points, he also committed three turnovers without recording an assist.

After being selected in the first round, some anointed Marshall the heir apparent to Steve Nash. Instead, Marshall struggled to break into the rotation behind Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair. By being assigned to the Bakersfield Jam, Marshall will get an opportunity to play heavy minutes and continue to work on developing into a NBA player.