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Kevin Martin

Martin during his tenure with the Kings
Free Agent
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1983-02-01) February 1, 1983 (age 30)

Zanesville, Ohio

Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Zanesville (Zanesville, Ohio)
College Western Carolina (2001–2004)
NBA Draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing career 2004–present
Career history
20042010 Sacramento Kings
20102012 Houston Rockets
2012–2013 Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
  • Oscar Robertson Triple Double Award (2008)
Stats at NBA.com

Kevin Dallas Martin, Jr. (born February 1, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He is known for his knack for scoring, deceptive quickness and unorthodox style of shooting.

High school and college

Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Martin grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. He played for Zanesville High School. He then received a full scholarship to Western Carolina University, where he majored in sports management. He ranks fourth all-time on Western Carolina's scoring list with 1,838 points. Martin averaged 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game during his three years in college.

NBA career

Martin was a standout while at Western Carolina. Due to his success, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Sacramento Kings (2004–2010)

In the 2004–05 season, Martin averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game, and played sparingly, averaging just 10 minutes a game.

Martin showed much improvement the following year, averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Martin also started from time to time during the 2005–06 season in part by the injury of Bonzi Wells. This included a start at small forward due to Ron Artest being suspended for Game Two of the team's first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs following a flagrant foul (elbow to the head) on Manu Ginóbili. He is best known in that series for making the game winning buzzer beater in Game 3 in Sacramento that gave the Kings a 1–2 series against the Spurs. His shot was also over the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.

When interviewed on a segment by TNT during a game, Martin credited Doug Christie for helping him learn how to defend in the NBA. Likewise, Martin also credited Cuttino Mobley for helping him with his shooting. Martin played behind both guards during their tenure with the Kings.

In the general managers' survey at the start of the 2006–07 NBA season, Martin tied for second as the player most likely to have a breakout campaign, behind the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard. During the 2006–07 season, Kevin Martin proved himself to be among the top scorers in the NBA, averaging 20.2 points per game, while averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, all career highs. He is also one of the best shooters in the league with a 47.3% shooting percentage from the field and 38.1% from beyond the three-point arc (along with 84.4% FT shooting). Kevin finished second to Monta Ellis in the NBA Most Improved Player Award. Ellis edged Martin by three points in the closest voting in the award's history.

On March 17, 2007, Martin led the Kings to a 95-83 road win over the Orlando Magic and joined Nate Archibald as the only other player in NBA history to score at least 20 points in a game with only one field goal made. Martin tallied 20 points on 1-8 FG from the field (1-1 3pt) while knocking down 17-20 FT from the foul line.

On August 28, 2007, the Sacramento Kings and Martin agreed to a 5-year, $55 million deal.

Martin got off to a fast start to the NBA season, while in the first 15 games was the NBA's leading scorer with 29.6 PPG. Martin finished the season 6th in the NBA in scoring at 23.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 APG and averaging 45% from the court and 40% from three point range. However, he missed 17 games due to a groin injury. Also during the year, on March 7, 2008, Martin scored 48 points in a loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Martin became the leader of the team following the Ron Artest trade during the offseason. He started the season strong, however he suffered an ankle injury which kept him out 15 games. He returned, but re-aggravated his injury shortly thereafter. After returning again, he helped the Kings snap a 6-game losing streak. Martin averaged 24.3 points per game during the remainder of the season, including an overtime loss on April 1, 2009 against the Golden State Warriors, in which he scored a career-high 50 points. On November 2, 2009 Martin scored 48 points including 7-10 from three-point range to lead the Kings to an overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Houston Rockets (2010–2012)

Martin was traded during the 2009-10 season to the Houston Rockets on February 18, 2010 as part of a three-way trade including the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings. In his debut as a Rocket, Martin scored just 3-16 from the field, but 8-9 from the line, ending the game with 14 points, in a 125-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers. On April 12, in his first game back in Sacramento's Arco Arena, Martin scored 39 points, scoring 11 of 20, making all 16 of his foul shot attempts.

Martin scored a season-high 40 points in a 110-95 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers and went on to score 45 points in a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers. By the end of the season he averaged 23.4 points per game in 32 minutes per game. Martin shot .383 at the three-point line, and he was also near .900 from free throw range. Martin averaged 7.4 made free throws per game, second in the NBA to only Kevin Durant.

After commissioner David Stern, acting as owner of the New Orleans Hornets at the time, vetoed a three-team deal involving the Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers that would have sent Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragić, and Lamar Odom to New Orleans, he stayed with Houston for the lockout-shortened season. Martin suffered a shoulder injury on February 2. He tried to play through the injury but ended up re-aggravating the injury when he ran into a screen against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 11. An MRI revealed a labral tear in his right shoulder, and he missed the rest of the season. With new rules regarding foul calls, in addition to playing injured, Martin's numbers dropped, averaging just 17.1 points per game, the worst in his career as a full-time starter. While he was still able to make a high percentage of his free throws, he only got to the line about half as much as the previous season.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2012–2013)

On October 27, 2012, Martin was traded along with Jeremy Lamb and three future draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward, and Cole Aldrich. In game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Martin scored 25 points in a 103-94 win, as the Thunder eliminated his former team the Houston Rockets.

2013–present

On July 2, 2013, it was reported Martin had agreed to sign a four-year, $28 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Martin reportedly also received interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks. The transaction cannot be made official until July 10, 2013, as the league imposes a 10-day moratorium on transactions so final salary cap and tax threshold numbers for the 2013–14 season can be set.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Sacramento 45 0 10.1 .385 .200 .655 1.3 .5 .4 .1 2.9
2005–06 Sacramento 72 41 26.6 .480 .369 .847 3.6 1.3 .8 .1 10.8
2006–07 Sacramento 80 80 35.2 .473 .381 .844 4.3 2.2 1.2 .1 20.2
2007–08 Sacramento 61 57 36.3 .456 .402 .869 4.5 2.1 1.0 .1 23.7
2008–09 Sacramento 51 46 38.2 .420 .415 .867 3.6 2.7 1.2 .2 24.6
2009–10 Sacramento 22 21 35.2 .398 .355 .819 4.3 2.6 1.0 .2 19.8
2009–10 Houston 24 22 35.8 .435 .310 .924 2.9 2.3 1.0 .1 21.3
2010–11 Houston 80 80 32.5 .436 .383 .888 3.2 2.5 1.0 .2 23.4
2011–12 Houston 40 40 31.6 .413 .347 .894 2.7 2.8 .7 .1 17.1
2012–13 Oklahoma City 77 0 27.7 .450 .426 .890 2.3 1.4 .9 .1 14.0
Career 552 387 30.8 .443 .385 .867 3.3 2.0 .9 .1 17.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Sacramento 6 1 32.8 .407 .316 1.000 5.0 .5 .5 .3 13.2
2013 Oklahoma City 11 0 29.4 .380 .370 .907 3.1 1.3 .6 .3 14.0
Career 17 1 30.6 .388 .354 .944 3.8 1.0 .6 .3 13.7

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