Kevin Martin Addition Already Paying Dividends for Minnesota Timberwolves

By Cody Williams
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In the 2012-13 NBA season, the Minnesota Timberwolves never really stood a chance with all of the injuries that they had to endure throughout their roster. Guys like Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and several others all missed time due to a variety of different injuries. That’s obviously not going to end well for an NBA team.

This past off-season, though, the Timberwolves elected to take the route of becoming a deeper team to help somewhat negate the potential effect of any injuries that might occur. Particularly on the wings, Minnesota added a plethora of talent, including veteran sharpshooting wing, Kevin Martin.

After spending last season as James Harden’s replacement as the sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Martin elected to sign with the Wolves for a solid amount of money and for the chance to play a key part in Minnesota’s offense for the upcoming season. Through the first four games of the year, Martin has played that big role well and the Wolves have needed every bit of his production.

Outside of Kevin Love, Minnesota has been inconsistent on offense. Rubio is still looking to find an offensive groove in terms of his shooting in the NBA while Pekovic, Derrick Williams and most of the Wolves’ roster has also been struggling to start the year.

Meanwhile, Martin has been great in the start of his run in Minnesota. In his first four games he is averaging 21.3 points, 2.8 assists and three rebounds in 34.3 minutes per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and while also hitting on 12 of his 20 attempts from long-range.

With the Wolves’ struggles offensively across the board, Martin’s offensive ability is key right now. Minnesota sits at 3-1 and, while Love has been a huge factor, Martin is a huge reason why. The team may not need him to produce at this high of a level all season as some players get going as we move forward, but if he can come close for a full season, that could put the Wolves firmly in the playoff picture.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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