Donyell Marshall at Amundson’s spot
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on September 2, 2008
Yeah, that’s right: the end of the bench.
Phil Jasner is informing us that the 35 y/o forward will join the Sixers for the veteran minimum of 1.2 million.
Marshall should be known to every Sixers fan because of a memorable game of March 2005 in which he dropped TWELVE THREES on our team, then coached by Jim O’ Brien, to tie a NBA record and lead the Raptors to a 128-110 win. Enjoy our tough defense that night (click here if the video below doesn’t work):
Of course the current Donyell Marshall is far from being that effective (not to mention he won’t find similar horrid defenses…) but I think this is a good move. We didn’t have any real SF to back up Thaddeus Young (a solution there would have been switching Iguodala at the three, with Rush, Green or Williams at the two): Marshall can smoke weed hit a three, has playoffs experience and after all will barely play.
In such a young team some good veterans will have to play a role of teaching the game to their team mates, being a presence in the locker room and in practice, and being ready when there will be need.
Right now Sixer’s roster is set like this:
PG: Andre Miller/Louis Williams/Royal Ivey
SG: Andre Iguodala/Kareem Rush/Willie Green
SF: Thaddeus Young/Donyell Marshall
PF: Elton Brand/Reggie Evans, Marreese Speights
C: Sam Dalembert/Theo Ratliff + Jason Smith
That is a total of 14 players under contract: Jason Smith is out indefinitely so it’s more like 13 guys. Only twelve can dress up for a game, and this could mean that Cheeks will have to keep one of the aforementioned out. I think at the beginning of the season it could be Ivey or Speights to wear a suit instead of the Sixers uniform.
I am not worried at all for this, and if you think that last year we had Kevin Ollie, Calvin “His uglyness” Booth and Louis Amundson in the spots now covered by Ivey, Theo and Marshall, you should realize how big of an improvement Sixers made also at the end of the bench.
Welcome Donyell, let’s see how many threes you can hit playing FOR the Sixers !