Having grown up in Las Vegas, Anthony Marshall knows a little something about long shots. He also knows that once in a while, they come in.
That’s what the former Mojave High School and UNLV star guard hopes will happen as he tries to make a positive impression on the Miami Heat during the NBA Summer League and gain an invitation to training camp in the fall.
“It’s a great opportunity to show what I can do,” Marshall said. “I know it’s not easy to play in the NBA. But all I ever wanted was a chance, and I’ve got it with Miami.”
Unlike fellow former Rebels Wink Adams (Knicks) and Oscar Bellfield (Grizzlies), who languished on the bench during previous summer leagues here, Marshall is getting meaningful minutes. Heat summer league coach Dan Craig likes what he sees.
“I think he’s doing great,” Craig said. “We had to fast-track things coming over from Orlando and I thought he’s done a great job of picking up our system and fitting in with the other guys.”
In a combined 41 minutes in two games, Marshall is averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, one assist and 5.5 turnovers. He committed eight turnovers Sunday in a 75-71 loss to Atlanta at Cox Pavilion. Marshall started and made his first three shots, and scored 10 points.
Marshall said he’s getting used to playing with teammates he just met Friday.
“You just try and blend in the best you can,” he said. “But we’re getting comfortable with each other, and I think we’ll get better each game.”
Marshall went undrafted, which didn’t surprise him, and is using the summer league to audition for all 30 NBA teams, as well as a slew of European teams that have scouts here.
“I don’t think there’s added pressure to play well,” Marshall said. “Certainly, you want to play well and make a positive impression. But I’m just trying to fit in, not force things and make good decisions.”
Craig said that kind of mindset will serve Marshall well this week.
“I want him to be who he is,” Craig said. “Just go out, play hard, play smart, fit in with what we’re doing, and so far, Anthony’s done that for us.”
Marshall enjoyed being back at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday when the Heat lost to Toronto, 81-73, even though the floor was different than the one he played on during his four seasons with the Rebels.
“I liked this floor better,” he said. “It was more true than the one we played on when I played here. It still felt like home being back in the Thomas & Mack.”
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