Still very much alive and kicking in the NBA is forward Kenyon Martin. Last season he was picked up by the New York Knicks, and while his stats weren’t exploding off the box scores, he definitely contributed in a positive way.
Martin is still a consistent rebounder and defender even at his age, and the Knicks will have a decision to make on whether to bring him back starting July 1st.
Injuries have been a concern for Martin and that is a big concern when considering whether to sign him going forward. Despite being limited at times, Martin has a great veteran presence and could potentially help the club in 2013.
In the playoffs, he showed why he is a valuble asset as he had a couple of games with a significant number of rebounds in just over 20 minutes, grabbing nine and 11 boards in his first two games against the Boston Celtics. While his play was somewhat inconsistent at times, the times where he played in that type of manner were well worth it.
Going forward, the Knicks have some guys who are contributing at a higher level as a whole in Chris Copeland and Steve Novak, but neither are as big or as much of a force – if you want to call it that – down in the paint. If they choose to let Martin go, they will need to find a cheap replacement to help Tyson Chandler down low especially with the status of Amare Stoudemire’s health being up in the air so often.
One of the biggest reasons Martin may again be worth another shot is due to his price. He could likely be brought back to New York on the veteran’s minimum, assuming there isn’t any other serious interest around the league. Either way, the Knicks will most likely need to grab another big body in the offseason to contribute in the absence of Martin.