Marcus Denmon Q&A: How will he transition to point guard, Europe?

By Quixem Ramirez

Mar 15, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Marcus Denmon (left) works with assistant coach Isaac Chew (right) during practice before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

Marcus Denmon was the prototypical 2-guard for Missouri despite his point guard height. He was barely asked to distribute, averaging 1.7 assists per game in his collegiate career.

Instead, he was utilized as the primary weapon offensively and, from an efficiency standpoint, his usage rate was warranted.

Denmon will invariably need to learn how to fulfill the point guard role to succeed at the professional level. If he can distill his scoring ability and exhibit an ability to run an offense perhaps his transition to the NBA won’t be as severe.

In an interview with Lucas Pastore of Spurs Brasil, Denmon said the Spurs will maintain contact with his new club Elan Chalon and developing at point guard is an imperative step in his development.

“Yes, my entire time here the Spurs will maintain contact,” Denmon said. “Continue to develop all around     is important but, mainly, running a team and being efficient at the 1 position.”

The next step will be to carve up French defenses with Chalon, an easier proposition than the NBA but not an easy task nonetheless.

Denmon is confident that his game, which resembles Eddie House given his reliance on the 3-pointer with a touch of quickness, will translate to the international level.

“Yes I do, I work really hard, and hopefully I am fortunate enough to stay healthy and play well,” Denmon     said.