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Kendall Marshall in the D-League: He's still the same player

Marshall dazzled with his passing but didn't improve in any of the areas that got him sent to the D-League in the first place.

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The Phoenix Suns already knew that former first-round pick Kendall Marshall could pass the ball. His passing ability is quite amazing. But they needed him to improve in other areas of his game while he went through a stint with the D-League team in Bakersfield. Nine games into his stint and the same sentiment remains when it comes to Marshall's game.

He averaged 7.6 assists per game, good for the league lead. That's nothing new. But he shot the ball at a dismal 31.3 percent from the field, never cracking the 40-percent mark in any of his games. His inability to convert on the offensive end was one of the primary reasons he couldn't win the backup point guard job with the Suns. The current backup is Sebastian Telfair, who isn't exactly shooting the lights out but is a better shooter than Marshall at a 37.7 percent clip.

Marshall will continue workouts with player development coordinator Lindsey Hunter upon his return to the Suns.