Source: Arizona Republic
The Suns put 12 players on the court in NBA Summer League, but the mission was predominantly about two of them.
The Suns wanted to baptize draft pick Kendall Marshall in pro ball and use second-year power forward Markieff Morris' summer debut to develop his offense from the post to playmaking at the elbow. By the end of the Suns' 2-3 week, each could say he progressed.
Marshall finished a tough shooting week on an uptick, making his first two 3-pointers of the summer and finishing with 15 points, 10 assists and three turnovers in the Suns' 96-87 win Saturday night over Memphis. Marshall came into the game having made 5 of 25 shots but went 6 for 10 Saturday. His best moments came with open-court play and transition passes, helping to quicken the Suns' tempo.
"I have to have the confidence to take those shots -- not necessarily to be a scorer, but to take pressure off my teammates," Marshall, unavailable for comment Saturday, said after Friday's game. "Every time I threw it into Markieff (Morris), my man was running and doubling. That's just basically a lack of respect for my game. I have to get better at that, be able to knock down that shot so I can take some pressure off Markieff."
Suns summer head coach Dan Majerle said the staff will work on the mechanics in Marshall's set shot delivery, the pre-draft knock on his game, during the season but emphasized that he must shoot to enchance the impact of his floor awareness and passing ability.
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