This offseason, Flip Saunders took over the general manager responsibilities for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In short, the Wolves could not have made a better decision for their franchise. Saunders, a guy familiar with Minnesota and the organization, did wonders in his first offseason with the team.
In adding two key players like Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer, Saunders addressed the perimeter needs in an absolutely perfect manner. While Brewer has been a very solid addition on both ends of the floor, it’s Martin that has provided an extra spark for this Wolves team that cannot be understated through the first couple of weeks.
Martin opened up his season with a 23-point effort on 6-for-19 shooting. It was pleasant to see the points and a win, but the percentages could have been a bit better.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and Martin has now had five 20-points games, including two 30-points games. He’s averaged 23.3 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting overall. Martin is also blistering from beyond the arc, shooting the three ball at 56.7 percent. He’s also over 90 percent on the year from the charity stripe.
The fact that the Wolves have a guy like Martin who can score in bunches like he has proven is an incredible asset to the team — and they’re not used to it. Last season, it was Luke Ridnour playing the two guard for the most part, and his lack of ability to score like this was blatantly obvious. Martin has turned the shooting guard spot into a position of strength for Minnesota, and boy do they look like a different team.
With Martin as a scoring threat, there is pressure taken off of Kevin Love, which ultimately makes both he and point guard Ricky Rubio better in the end. Minnesota is sixth in the league in scoring, and Martin is a huge reason for that. It goes without saying that Martin has been absolutely fantastic early on, and the Wolves are thrilled to have him on board.