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Kevin Martin won’t play without a superstar anymore

Jul 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

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In nine NBA seasons, Kevin Martin has six times led a team in scoring – the Rockets thrice and Kings thrice. Martin, a dependable outside shooter with an ability to get to the free-throw line, has even scored up to 24.6 points per game.

Last season, as the Thunder’s sixth man, Martin had to settle into a different role. Playing with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Martin averaged just 14.0 points per game – his lowest total since his second season.

He didn’t mind. In fact, that experience played a crucial role in his free agency.

Martin, via Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:

“After playing with Kevin Durant and Russell, I wasn’t going to another team without a superstar,” Martin said on Saturday. “It just elevates your game and makes your life a lot easier.”

Martin signed with the Timberwolves, who have Kevin Love. Love is not on the Durant level, or maybe even the Westbrook level, but Love meets my superstar threshold nonetheless.

Love’s scoring is certainly part of his superstardom, but his rebounding and passing for his size are also key components of making him worthy of the “superstar” tag. Love is the rare superstar who can score less than a non-star, let alone non-superstar, on his own team.

Though he’ll have competition from Love and Nikola Pekovic (assuming he re-signs), Martin has a good chance to lead the Timberwolves in scoring next season. If playing with a superstar is so important to Martin, Minnesota provides the opportunity for him to have the best of both worlds.

  1. harshedmellow - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    The explanation of star, superstar, superstardom, and (why the **** not?) super-duperstardomishness had me back in Astronomy 101.

  2. atthebuzzzer - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Reblogged this on At The Buzzzer.

  3. moseskkim - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Love averages around 25 ppg. There is no chance k-mart can get close to that so won’t lead in scoring. Not that he has to.. 18 and if he stays healthy, twolves can finally make the playoffs.

  4. noozehound - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    k-love averages 0.00 ppg when he’s a moron and injures himself. if he can stop doing that, it’d be great.

    • Abel Ramírez - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      The T-Wolves deserve some of the blame there. It was reported that the team wanted him to return as soon as possible. He probably came back too soon. Same with Rubio.

  5. htownred34 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I really hated Martin even in Houston that jumpshot is ugly, but it did go in and we got James thanks to this guy so best of luck to him in Minny ( where they probably won’t get past the 2nd round)

    • kingbeason52 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      LOL we got a Rockets fan talkin crap bc they got Harden and Howard…no way Houston wins with the combo of Lin, Howard, and Harden..I doubt Houston will make it past the 2nd round either..

  6. inthearex - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Love is definitely not superstar level. Lol that’s funny.

    • dondada10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      He is when he’s healthy. I think people just forgot.

  7. aboogy123456 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Since when is kevin love even in the same conversation as westbrook? The reason it’s easy to play with superstars is because they command a double team and find the open guy, so that way you get open shots. Kevin love is a fantasy basketball superstar but he’s not great at drawing in a defense and kicking it out. He’s good at rebounding so he gets you more chances on offense, but he’s a volume shooter who likes to jack up 3’s, and that won’t help Martin get open. Especially when you consider his defense, he’s not even close to being a superstar at this point in his career.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      So you’re comparing Love and Westbrook and you call Love the volume shooter? LOL. Pass the drugs, please.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      I agree. I think Kevin Love is a great player, but he has to do it for multiple seasons and without getting hurt. If he can sustain production at a high level for a few seasons in a row, then we can talk about him being a superstar.

    • khadeemw - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      thank you…at least you know the truth…many people overlook the fact that hes an inefficient scorer and he doesnt draw doubles….Kevin Love is basically a stretch 4 that can rebound like there is no tomorrow…but “superstars” demand double teams and arent complete and total liabilities on defense

  8. jonsavoy301 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Kevin Love is an all-star but by no stretch of the imagination is he a super star.

  9. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    love is not quite a super star, a all-star yes, top 5 power forward yes, if he puts up another season of 25-15 like he did 2 years ago then i’d say yes, he needs to quite pouting so much…and westbrook being a super star? not! good player not a super star

  10. timb12 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well that’s good Kevin Martin knows he’s not capable of being “the guy”. I’m a Rockets fan and I really didn’t like the team when he had to put up 20+ shots a game.

  11. peklove - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    If heathly Love is a superstar. 2 seasons in a row he averaged 20+ pts 14+ rebounds. He will be the guy this season!

  12. hannsta - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Superstar should be a distinction limited to the elite of the elite. Superstar implies being able carry your team at least into the playoffs, not fail year after year and then demand help or trade.

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