Tale of the Tape: Kevin Martin vs. Tony Campbell

Tale of the Tape: Kevin Martin vs. Tony Campbell

Cristy Brusoe
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Editor's Note: As part of our 25th season celebration, Timberwolves.com will put together a Tale of the Tape each week during the month of December showcasing a fantasy basketball matchup between the Wolves' current starting five and its starters from the 1989-90 inaugural season. This week, we focus on the shooting guards: Kevin Martin and Tony Campbell.


Prior to being selected in the 1989 expansion draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tony Campbell struggled finding playing time for the Los Angeles Lakers and his role in the NBA. In the team’s inaugural season, the Timberwolves gave Campbell an opportunity to not only carve out a role on a young, inexperienced team, but also to become the ‘go-to-guy.’ Campbell went from averaging six points a game in LA to scoring 23 a night for Minnesota. Campbell scored in double figures in all 82 games for the Timberwolves during the inaugural season.

Kevin Martin was known as a standout shooter for Western Carolina throughout his college career. That led him to be picked 26th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. It wasn’t until his third season that he took on the role of starter. In 2006, Martin started 80 games and averaged 20.2 points per game. Martin signed with the Timberwolves in July of 2013. He is known as one of the NBA’s elite scorers with an exclusive shooting stroke. This season Kevin Martin is averaging 23.2 points per game. Although young in his time with the Wolves organization, Martin has started his career here in stride, shooting nearly 46 percent from 3-point range this season. His free throw completion rate is the highest of his nine-year career at 93 percent.

One on One:


Advantage Tony Campbell Kevin Martin  
Height/Weight X   Campbell picks up the advantage on this because of Martin's thin frame.
Free Throws   X Martin led the NBA in free throws made in 2010.
Field Goals X X Campbell made 46% of his field goals in 1989. Martin is a 44% career shooter.
3-Point Shot   X Campbell was not known for his 3-point shooting his first year in Minnesota. For Martin, it's his strength.
Rebounding X   Campbell had more of a physical presence inside, collecting nearly six rebounds a game.
Steals X   Tony edges K-Mart out on average steals per game.
Assists X   Two pure shooters are often less set up for assists. However, Campbell set teammates up more often.
Turnovers   X Martin had a better handle on the ball, turning it over way less than Campbell.
Points Per Game X X At this point in the season, Martin is averaging 22.9 points per game. Campbell averaged 23.2 in 1989.
Total Score 6 5 Tony Campbell holds the slight advantage over K-Mart in the nine categories above.



Campbell, who often played at the small forward spot during his career, has an overall bigger stature than Martin, and thus made his presence in the paint more prevalent. That was the case not only in rebounding the ball, but also scoring down low. Campbell was more prone to being physical in finding his way to the basket, while Martin is a stop and pop type of shooter.

Martin appears more agile and quick on his feet. His shots are usually set up by another guard, and focused outside of the key. However, both can run the fast break and be the first down the court.

Overall, we believe this is one of the closest contested match-ups in Timberwolves history. The statistics for both players on several of the categories were within points of one another. Martin has a full Wolves career ahead of him, while Campbell played the best basketball of his career with the Timberwolves. Campbell is thought of as the original superstar of the organization and because of that, we have him ranked above Kevin Martin.

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Nikola Pekovic vs. Randy Breuer

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