NBA Roundtable

Kevin Martin Has Surgery

In General NBA on November 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

ESPN reports

Sacramento Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin underwent surgery on his injured left wrist.

The team says Martin had the procedure to repair a hairline fracture in his left wrist on Monday at the UC Davis Medical Center. Martin will be released from the hospital later in the day.

Martin is expected to miss at least eight weeks with the injury. He is averaging 30.6 points a game for the Kings.

Sacramento has won both games since Martin was sidelined. Rookie Tyreke Evans is averaging 27.5 points per game in those contests.

Kevin Martin is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He’s a prolific, versatile and efficient scorer who doesn’t need a lot of time on the ball. He’s a dream scorer (sidekick wise).

Unfortunately, though, Martin doesn’t contribute enough in any other area of the game. His defense is very poor, his rebounding is below par, and his passing is poor-to-very poor for a player who has the ball in his hands as much as he does. These negatives detract most of Martin’s impact as a scorer. Thus Martin’s value to Kings is a lot lower than meets the eye.

In other words, the Kings should be okay in Martin’s absence. They were already one of the worst teams in the league.

On another note, it’s very disappointing to see the continued lack of defensive improvement from Kevin Martin. He’s in his sixth season this year and will turn 27 years of age later in February. He’s getting to stage of his career where his bad habits will begin to settle in for the rest of his playing days. Hopefully, Martin will find a new home and begin to expand his game (which I think he’d do if put in a better situation, defensively speaking more than anything else). It would be a shame to waste those skills of his.

  1. Dave,

    In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that the Kings will BENEFIT from kevin martin being out of their line-up … that’s how ineffective he is, as a one-way offensive player, when it comes to generating important W’s for his team.

    Sactown is way better off with Evans [major scorer who can also contribute in other areas of the game], Nocioni, Thompson, and Hawes as their offensive go-to guys and then using other effective role players around them.

  2. Khandor,

    I think this is a very good opportunity for some of those younger players to step up to the mantle and realize how good they could be. They’re too willing to stand in the shadows to Martin’s lead … and it’s holding their development back.

    The Kings could be a lot better off for Martin’s injury in the long run. Not so sure about the immediate future whilst Martin is on the shelf … but in the long run this could do a lot to help the Kings.

  3. I think Kevin Martin is a perfect example of how being on a bad team can kill a players development. I remember his first couple of seasons in the league, when he played very little for a very good Sacramento team and he looked like a promising young player. I also remember how much potential he had on the defensive end, and I thought he would end up becoming one of the best defensive players at his position. Then his team started losing and he stopped playing defense and started focusing on scoring, because there was little scoring on his team.

    And can Martin go through a season without a major injury?

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