How much will Kevin Martin help the T-Wolves?
The 6-foot-7 Martin spoke of a potential deep playoff run this season in Minneapolis, but the team has to get to the postseason first. This will be the 10th season since Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell led the Wolves to the Western Conference finals in 2004, and Minnesota has yet to get back to the playoffs.
To do so, they need Martin to contribute in a big way. He is a pure scorer, something the Wolves have lacked for much of their existence. His 17.8-point career scoring average is the best on the Minnesota roster, just higher than Kevin Love's
17.3, and he expects to improve on the 14.0 points per game he scored last year while playing third fiddle to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
-- St. Paul Pioneer Press
Re: How much will Kevin Martin help the T-Wolves?
Saunders said he believes he can “pencil in” Martin for 17 to 18 points per game and expects him to provide some badly needed perimeter shooting. Last season, the Wolves were the worst team in the NBA at three-point shooting (30.5 percent), an area in which Martin — who made 42.6 percent of his shots from behind the arc a year ago — excels.
As much as anything, Saunders said he values the leadership Martin can bring to a young squad that boasts talent but is still trying to find its identity. In return, Martin breathes hope into a team that is a little short on it and speaks confidently about not just getting back to the playoffs but “doing some damage.”
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune
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