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Sixers’ Marshall will not be ready to start season

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Who is going to be the starting point guard for the Sixers, Tony Wroten or Kendall Marshall?

Yes, that’s a serious question (and one reason the Sixers will not win many games this season). It’s also got an easy answer, at least to start the season — Wroten.

That’s because Marshall, coming off a torn ACL from last January, is not going to be ready to start the season. It’s something Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said in his chat this week.

When Marshall comes back, he may battle for the starting job with Wroten. Expect Isaiah Canaan also to be in the mix, while Pierre Jackson bounces between the Sixers and the D-League for a season.

There are things to like about Marshall if you’re a Sixers’ fan. He’s 24, has fantastic court vision and knows how to feed guys the ball (which you want with Jahlil Okafor in the post). But I’m not sure Marshall will stick long term — the Sixers moved on from Michael Carter-Williams because he couldn’t shoot the rock (they want a point guard who can shoot), and Marshall hasn’t been a great shooter either. Marshall did improve and hit 39.1 from three last season — he needs to sustain that. There are also serious questions about Marshall’s defense.

But we’ll have to wait a while, until he’s back from the ACL injury, to know how he will answer those questions.