NBA Philadelphia 76ers’ has found the missing part of the puzzle, the team has finally signed a one-year contract with the unrestricted free agent forward Donyell Marshall. Marshall who is a NBA veteran turned pro in 1994 and has played for teams like Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and Seattle Supersonics.
The 76ers’ president Ed Stefanski is just incredible pleased with the inclusion of Marshall to the team whose contract include a minimum salary of $ 1.26 million for a player who has been for more than a decade in the NBA.
“Donyell Marshall has proven time and time again his value as a player in this league,” Stefanski said while announcing the news. “We believe his ability to stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting will prove to be a great asset for our team and we look forward to having him back home in Philadelphia.”
Marshall started his basketball career playing at Reading High school then received a scholarship at the UConn with the Huskies. After been in college, Marshall dropped during his junior year and was drafted as the fourth pick overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by Minnesota. After several months he was later traded to the Golden State Warriors were he had a great rookie season. Donyell Marshall played for the Warriors for five seasons until he was traded to the Utah Jazz.
After his two years with the Jazz Marshall decided to become a free agent, this led him to later on sign a contract with the Chicago Bulls. By 2005 he signed with Cleveland for a four year contract but in recent days it was announced he had the permission to sing with any team reason why Marshall accepted the offer made by the 76ers.
Amongst some of Marshall’s career averaging stats we find 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and one block per game. Besides his averaging career high of 16.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during the 2003-2004 season with the Toronto Raptors.
Now that the 76ers count with Donyell Marshall the team expect to get to the playoffs again as they did last year. Donyell is a remarkable forward and a great three point shooter as well as a strong forward in defense and offense, and the most important thing he has its experience over the years he has played in the NBA.
Any team in the NBA needs a veteran; someone who the younger players can look up too and Marshall’s 14 NBA seasons become a very solid background for the player, Marshall is the perfect fit for the Sixers. The 76’ers fans, the franchise and coaches hope to see Marshall guiding the team and playing to his best this season and hopefully getting to the eastern conference finals. Other players the 76ers have signed for the coming season are: free agent guards Kareem Rush and Royal Ivey as well as forward Elton Brand.