Kendall Marshall Targeting a Return on Thursday vs Nets
Saturday against the Nuggets the Sixers added a little life to their struggling offense with the return of guard Tony Wroten. The team's leading scorer last year at 16.9 per game, gave the Sixers offense an element it hasn't had all season, a slashing player who can out the ball on-the-floor and take it to the basket.
The team will add to that when point guard Kendall Marshall makes his season debut in Thursday’s game against the Nets. Marshall, recovering from a torn ACL, should give the Sixers point guard position much more stability late in games. He had a nice season with the Lakers back in 2013, compiling averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game.
Adding both Wroten and Marshall gives the Sixers two pieces they desperately need, a guard who can get to the foul line late in games and a guard who can handle the pressure late in games.
Wroten is an explosive guard who showed the explosiveness is still there when he made his return on Saturday, scoring four points with three assists in 13 minutes. Sixers head coach Brett Brown has praised Marshall for his passing ability, recently he averaged 8.8 assists per game playing for the Lakers in 2013.
The return of Wroten and Marshall should be interesting for the playing time of T.J. McConnell and Isaiah Canaan moving forward. While McConnell has been pretty solid, he's late game issues have hurt the team. Canaan can be used in a role that better suits him, instant offense off-the-bench in a limited role.
So by the time 2016 rolls around, the Sixers should have a lineup of Marshall, Wroten, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor with Jerami Grant, Nik Stauskas, Canaan, McConnell and Richaun Holmes giving you minutes off the bench.
So the question is Sixers fans, is that lineup good enough not to be bad enough to be in play for Ben Simmons? And at this point, after all the suffering, is it worth some extra wins if it takes away extra ping-pong balls?