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Time Was Short, But Martin Was Effective For Wolves

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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The Timberwolves announced late on Tuesday night that they waived veteran guard Kevin Martin, giving him a chance to sign with a contender before the playoffs.

Martin only played 146 games with the Wolves, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t valuable during that time.

During Martin’s time with the Wolves, he averaged 17.1 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from the 3-point line on four attempts per game. This season, we saw him blow up for 37 points against the Lakers on Dec. 9. He scored 37 three times last season, including a performance against the Knicks in which he scored the majority of his points after breaking his wrist (no high-fives after). And in his first season with the Wolves, he helped the Wolves win 40 games and scored 30 or more points in seven of 68 games played.

As far as history goes, Martin ranks 10th in team history with 228 made 3-pointers, fourth in 3-point percentage (38.6 percent), second in free-throw percentage (88.6 percent) and 23rd with 2,492 points.

When Martin signed with the Wolves in 2013, there was hope that he, along with Kevin Love, could bring the Wolves to multiple playoff runs. That obviously didn’t happen. Love was traded and the Wolves went into rebuild mode, building the team around Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and eventually Karl-Anthony Towns.

By waiving Martin, it gives the Wolves a chance to give younger players such as Wiggins, LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad more minutes, but it also gives Martin the chance to sign with a playoff team. Martin has advanced to the playoffs just twice in his career.

According to Marcus Spears of Yahoo!, Martin thanked Glen and Becky Taylor, the Saunders family, the Adelman family, the players, strength coaches and the equipment staff.

He ended it by saying, “Thank you Minnesota.”

This isn’t something that all players do after tough decisions like this.

Thank you, Kevin Martin for your time in Minnesota. Best of luck wherever you end up next. 

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