De-constructing NBA Mysteries – Kevin Martin
* Mike Moraeu, Hoopsworld.com, The Kevin Martin Mystery
… one of the most efficient, productive shooting guards in the NBA, the player the Kings rewarded with a $55 million contract this summer as the new “face of the franchise,” is being marginalized.
With all due respect to Mike Moreau, nowhere in his well-written article does he mention anything about what Kevin Martin’s deficiencies might be, in the eyes of a former NBA player who is now Martin’s head coach in ‘the League’.
At 6-7, 185 lbs, Kevin Martin is thought to be “too thin and physically weak” in Reggie Theus’ eyes to warrant getting significantly more minutes for the Kings, than he is at present … despite his incredible efficiency from an ‘Offense-Only’ perspective (which is what is represented in Moreau’s article).
There are three distinct and equal parts to being a “workhorse” player in the NBA:
1) Offense, 2) Defense, and, 3) Rebounding;
and, unfortunately, for both Kevin Martin and his supporters, this highly-skilled and well-behaved young man simply doesn’t “Match-up” well enough, physically, with the other top-notch shooting guards in the NBA, especially, under the latter two categories, listed above.
Whether or not Kevin Martin is, in fact, being marginalised on the Sacramento Kings’ team right now for reasons other than this … is beyond my scope of knowledge, as a non- “NBA Insider” … and, in reality, quite irrelevant to me.
What is not irrelevant to me, though, is the harsh reality of how a former NBA player-turned-head-coach, like Reggie Theus, might actually think about players who resemble Kevin Martin (physically).
Rebounding, Defense and Physical Play (in general, and in contrast to a ‘finesse’ game) … are intricately connected with Winning (and Losing) games, in the NBA.