16. Kendall Marshall 6-4 190lbs UNC Sophomore PG
2011-12 stats: 33 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 10 apg, 2.6 rpg, 46.7 % fg, 35% 3ptfg, 2.8 tpg
Projection: Mid first round pick
Strengths: Kendall Marshall isn’t a flashy player by any means, but he knows how to run a team, doesn’t turn the ball over, and is probably the best passer in this draft. He showed how good he was when UNC struggled during the 2010-11 season while Larry Drew II was running the point, when he took over as a starter, the team took off and played great. Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and John Henson all became better because of Marshall’s play at the lead guard. He is effective in the half court and running the fastbreak.
Weaknesses: Marshall has gotten better, but his jump shot still needs plenty of work. His lack of shooting ability could hurt him at the next level because unlike Rondo, he isn’t a top flight athlete and it’s going to make him easier to cover. His lack of athleticism makes him a mediocre defender and will get exposed at the next level.