Before the season the plan was Steve Nash at the point for the Lakers. An ongoing nerve root issue that impacts his back and neck has scuttled that plan so far.
Steve Blake was next in line, and he played surprising well adjusting to Mike D’Antoni’s system, but a torn ligament in his elbow sidelined him.
Jordan Farmar has been rejuvenated in the up-tempo system, but he is out with a torn hamstring.
Then D’Antoni turned to Xavier Henry — really a swingman but the best option left — and he has a bone bruise in his knee.
So Kendall Marshall, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “who wants to be the Lakers’ point guard.” Marshall will start at the point for the Lakers Friday night, via Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, with two-guard Jodie Meeks serving as his backup.
Marshall had been struggling to find his footing with the Suns, and since they have Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic they traded him to the Wizards, who promptly cut him. Both with the Suns and as a free agent Marshall has bounced down to the D-League but not been able to stick up in the NBA.
What Marshall can do is create plays for others — he has good court vision and is a pure pass-first point. The problem is he has been a terrible shooter that other teams don’t respect as a scoring threat (last season he shot just 54 percent in the restricted area, 34 percent from the midrange and 31 percent from three). Plus his defense isn’t very good.
Those numbers have looked a little better this season, but seeing he has played 54 total minutes in four games it’s a small sample size. It’s very different and much more difficult going up against starters, which he will do against Trey Burke and the Jazz on Friday night.
But what other option do the Lakers have?