Welcome Kevin Martin
By: Lorne Chan Spurs.com
There are five active NBA players who have made more than 1,000 3-pointers with an accuracy of 38 percent or more. Two of them, Stephen Curry and Dirk Nowitzki, are easy guesses. Then there’s Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver and 16-year veteran Mike Miller.
The fifth player is 14th in the NBA in points per game since 2005-06 and 13th in 3-point shooting in that span as well.
It’s Kevin Martin. On Wednesday, he became a Spur.
One of the league’s most efficient scorers over the past decade, Martin joins the Spurs after spending the first part of 2015-16 in Minnesota, where he averaged 10.6 points in 21.4 minutes.
“I’d say I’m a veteran guy that has a lot of experience,” he said. “I’m somebody who can knock down shots, take pressure off some other guys and be a good teammate.”
Martin has averaged 17.6 points per game and .385 from three-point range (1,130 total 3-pointers) for his career, while playing in Sacramento, Houston, Oklahoma City and Minnesota.
With the Rockets in 2010-11, Martin averaged 23.5 points per game.
“He’s an experienced NBA player and he scores,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “He spreads the floor; he gets to the free throw line and he knows how to play.”
Much like Andre Miller, who has played 1,296 regular season games and 63 postseason games, Martin said he’s excited about the chance to play for a team that has clinched its 19th straight playoff appearance. When Miller signed with the Spurs last week after leaving Minnesota, Martin told him, “hope to see you later.”
Martin has played in 698 regular season games in his career to 17 postseason games. He was with Sacramento in 2005-06 when the Spurs defeated the Kings in a first-round series. His only other playoff appearance was with Oklahoma City in 2012-13, where the Thunder reached the second round.
“I’ve kind of been on a lot of teams where you’re a No. 1 option guy but you don’t really get to play until the end of May or early June,” Martin said. “So I think I just wanted to be with a championship pedigree. That was the ultimate No. 1 thing in my decision.”
After facing the Spurs 31 times over the course of his 12-year career, Martin said he excited to learn from players such as Manu Ginobili who he’s seen and admired as an opponent.
“I want to learn how Manu approaches the game and what sparks him when he gets into the game,” Martin said. “It’s going to be great to learn from players I’ve been going up against this whole time. I know I don’t have to come in here and be an alpha dog, I’m just going to jump into line, follow these guys and enjoy the ride.”