Okay, so the title say it all there. And coming from a guy who doesn't know all that much about the NBA, some people probably think that it's a crazy statement. I don't hate Kevin Martin, but I feel sometimes he tries to do to much to win a game. He takes way too many shots at times and while he puts up good numbers, well, he doesn't win all that many games. Don't believe me? Here are the stats.
Here is Martin's averages in the 16 games he has played this year: 21.4 pts, 4.5 asts, 2.9 rebs in 37.1 mins. Again, there's nothing wrong with Martin's stats. Yes, he's only shooting 39 percent for the year, both from the floor and from 3-pt range, not the best numbers for a shooter. But the real problem with Martin's stats, his 2-14 record when in the Kings lineup. That means the Kings are 14-18 WITHOUT Martin in the lineup.
Kings rookie Tyreke Evans has not seen a drop in production with or without Martin. His averages of 20.7 pts, 4.7 rebs and 5.0 asts in 36.9 mins. He has played in 43 games. In the 5 games Evans has missed the Kings are 1-4.
The one Kings player who I've noticed a drop in production is my boy, fellow Bronc Jason Thompson. With Martin in the lineup, Thompson has scored in single digits in 9 of 15 games when they are both in the line up. Without Martin, Thompson had 6 games in single digits in 32 games Martin had missed. Thompson also has taken few shots with Martin in the lineup, usually seeing 10 shots or more when he is absent. Yes, Thompson could be struggling individually and/or going through some kind of sophomore slump. Yes, I could be a homer, but still, this is a staggering group of stats.
Just a side note on Thompson: He missed his first NBA game on Wednesday due to a death in the family. He will also miss tonights game as well. I know everyone in the Sacramento and Rider communities wish Jason the very best for him and his family in this difficult time and hope to see him and his brother Ryan back on thier respective courts soon.
So, what does this mean for Kevin Martin? I don't know. This is where my lack of NBA knowledge has me in a spot of trouble. Thanks to ESPN's NBA Trade Machine I was able to come up with the following trades the Kings could make:
Kevin Martin and Kenny Thomas to Boston for Ray Allen
Kevin Martin and Andres Nocioni to Utah for Andrei Kirilenko (plus-3 Wins to Kings)
But I don't know enough about the NBA. These trades probably wouldn't happen in a million years. This is where I need your help. If you agree with me, leave a comment and your own trade down below. If you think I'm crazy and Kevin Martin is the next best thing to sliced bread, that's fine too. Leave me a trade that makes the Kings better with Martin. I think the Kings have a nice young core to be a competitive team very soon. Getting 3 months of Ray Allen probably makes no sense except tp free up cap room, something else I know nothing about. So please leave your comments and help out the Kings.
And yes, I lied to you. I wanted to post this yesterday but couldn't get around to posting. I will write and my Super Bowl Preview entry tomorrow inbetween shoveling out my driveway with this impending blizzard the East Coast is supposed to get.