There are rumors swirling around that the New York Knicks are interested in bringing on veteran Kenyon Martin. We break down this potential move and whether or not New York would be wise to do such a thing.
Martin was drafted first overall by the New Jersey Nets back in 2000 and went on to have a fairly productive career. He had his best season for the Nets in 2003/2004 when he averaged 16.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
That summer though, he moved on to the Denver Nuggets, where he stayed for seven seasons. Martin brought a certain toughness inside and provided George Karl with grit and terrific defense and rebounding ability.
With career averages of 13.0 points and 7.1 rebounds, Martin could still be of use to an NBA team, especially since he’s 34 years old. There are far older players in the league right now, so perhaps he still has some bounce in his step.
But do the Knicks even need the guy?
New York is off to a fast start for one, and then you have to take into consideration the fact they already have plenty of veteran pieces on their roster. Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby are all playing for the Knicks right now, so where would Martin fit in? He’s younger and more talented offensively than both Thomas and Camby, but that’s not saying too much.
Martin is also a bit of a hot head and could end up being a liability. New York already has one temperament issue in Wallace, who’s already getting technicals left and rights since earning more playing time.
The truth of the matter is the Knicks simply doesn’t need Martin, especially with Amare Stoudemire set to return in the near future, so keep taking Mike Woodson’s team with your NBA picks like normal. Nothing’s changed.