Eenie-Meenie has badgered me and the mods about removing something he actually said because he's clearly completely sane.
There aren't any great pgs in the first round...let alone in the second.
Personally, I’m higher on Marshall than most. I too believe that his “floor-general” skills (passing, vision, ballhandling, ability to lead the break) are superior and only appear in a few PG prospects every decade. What he lacks in scoring ability, he makes up for in other areas. However, don’t forget that he in the last month of the season (when he REALLY won me over), he really came on offensively. I would argue that he was the best player in America during that stretch outside of Anthony Davis.
Ultimately, I’m skeptical about making an aggressive move to draft him. I predict that he’ll test out as a better athlete than expected at the draft combine, and will ultimately be a top 5/top 6 pick. Those picks don’t come cheap. I would hate to part with any of Hayward, Burks (I believe that’s our starting 2/3 in the near future), Favors (ha!) or Kanter. It’s also a serious risk to part with either Al or Paul at this juncture – this team is looking to compete right now, and giving up either is banking on Enes becoming a major contributor next season. The only one of those six I would be comfortable losing via trade is Burks, but I question how much other teams would value him. Plus, if you trade Alec, you then have a gaping hole at the 2/3 spot.
On the other hand, I would love to have Kendall going forward. He’s the type of player you could build a PG-friendly system around, a style of basketball which has been our bread and butter for going on 30 years now. He will never crack the echelon of Paul, Williams, Rose (pre-injury), Westbrook, and co., but I could see him being a top-10 PG for the next decade and consistently hovering around the top 2-3 assist leaders in the league (9-11 APG, 13-15ppg). That is absolutely worth a top-5 pick in damn near any draft.
It’s definitely an option for our PG hunt. One of our more intriguing ones. I’d still prefer to see Nash in a Jazz uni for the next 2 (preferably) to 3 seasons at around $9/$10m per, and letting our long-term PG solution unfold a little more naturally than a roster-shaking trade. But we’ll see. If Kendall is the guy, Utah Jazz summer league basketball will be must-see TV come July.
I think Marshall could be the same player Kidd was post-30.