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Kenyon Martin
Kenyon Martin takes a free throw.jpg
Denver Nuggets  – No. 4
Power forward
Born December 30, 1977 (1977-12-30) (age 32)
Saginaw, Michigan
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
League NBA
Salary $15,613,636
High school Bryan Adams High School
College Cincinnati
Draft 1st overall, 2000
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams New Jersey Nets (2000–2004)
Awards 2000 Oscar Robertson Trophy,
2000 John R. Wooden Award
2000 Naismith College Player of the Year
2000-01 NBA All-Rookie First Team
2003-04 All-Star
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Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American professional basketball player. Nicknamed "K-Mart", he currently plays power forward for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.

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College career

Martin played for the Cincinnati Bearcats under the direction of Bob Huggins. As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. He was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations, but suffered a broken leg in the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. Cincinnati retired his #4 jersey on April 25, 2000. Later that year, he was selected first overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. Martin is currently the last American-born college senior to have been the top overall pick; the top picks since him consist of three high school players (Kwame Brown, LeBron James and Dwight Howard), one international player with two years of U.S. college experience (Andrew Bogut), two international players with no American college experience (Yao Ming and Andrea Bargnani), two college freshmen (Greg Oden and Derrick Rose) and a college sophomore (Blake Griffin).

Kenyon graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.[1]

NBA career

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New Jersey

As a rookie for the New Jersey Nets, Martin brought his trademark intensity to the NBA. Moving from center to power forward, he averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In his second season, Martin averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in helping the Nets rise from last place in the Atlantic Division to an Eastern Conference title and the best season to date in the Nets' NBA history. Along with Nets stars Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his third season Martin again helped his team into the NBA Finals, where the Nets lost in six games against the San Antonio Spurs. The next year, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Martin scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists.

Martin and teammate Alonzo Mourning almost fought when Martin mocked Mourning's life-threatening kidney disease.[2] Martin later admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning. He received a taste of his own medicine when then Knicks forward Tim Thomas remarked on Martin's speech impediment[3] and eye twitching tic during a game, as well as calling Martin a "fugazi", a slang term for a fake or fraud.[4][5]

Denver

At the end of the 2003–04 season, Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets for three future 1st round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal.

Martin had a solid start to his Nuggets career before off-the-court issues and injuries began to snowball.

Martin played in 70 games during the 2004–05 season, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. However, a problem with his knee was detected shortly into the off-season, and on May 16, 2005, Kenyon underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

During the 2005–06 season, Martin missed 26 games due to knee tendinitis, but was able to return in time for the playoffs. However, during that playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin was suspended from the Denver Nuggets indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team."[6] During halftime of game two of the first round series, Martin got into an argument with head coach George Karl over his playing time, and proceeded ironically to refuse to play for the second half of the game. During the offseason, Karl and Martin apparently "patched things up."[7]

Believing injuries were behind him, Kenyon and the Nuggets were crushed to learn the swelling now occurring in his right knee would require another microfracture procedure. On November 15, 2006, after playing just two regular season games, Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.[8]

During the third-quarter of a 2006 game against the Chicago Bulls, a fan sitting two rows behind Martin yelled at him, "Suit up, you chump," referring to the fact Martin was in the midst of one of his increasingly frequent stints on the injured reserve and in street clothes behind the Nuggets bench. All accounts indicate that the fan did not use any profanities. At that point, Martin is said to have stood up, pointed at the heckler, and then motioned to one of his 'bodyguards' to go confront the heckling fan, ordering "shut him up". His friend then stood up and yelled at the heckler, "Shut your mouth before we take you outside and beat your ass!." He also apparently screamed at a Nuggets fan named Don Miller--who, along with his teenage son, happened to be sitting next to the heckler--calling him a "fat fucking white boy." Martin was subsequently fined $15,000 and cautioned to no longer bring his entourage to games.[9][10]

On February 11, 2006, after a Denver win over the Dallas Mavericks, a volatile Martin was involved in a heated and profanity-laced locker room exchange with a local sports radio personality.[11]

To symbolize a fresh and healthy restart to his career, Kenyon changed his uniform number from 6 to the number 4, which he wore in college, for the 2007–08 season.[12]

The 2008–09 season campaign witnessed a mentally refurbished Kenyon Martin continuing his infamous commitment on the defensive end, helping lead the Nuggets to a franchise record-tying 54-28 record. The Nuggets lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers. [13]

Career transactions

Off the court

Martin is the half-brother on his mother's side of former-Colorado Buffaloes standout guard Richard Roby. He is also the cousin of Robert "50" Martin of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame.

Martin is a father of three children, two sons, Kenyon Jr. and Kamron and a daughter, Cierra Reign. Martin has also been involved in philanthropic activities like donating US $1,000 for each point and blocks in two of his games for the Asian Tsunami relief efforts, buys home game tickets for less financially fortunate fans, and participates in number of campaigns like "Eat Right," "Art of Sport," etc.[15]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 New Jersey 68 68 33.4 .445 .091 .630 7.4 1.9 1.1 1.7 12.0
2001–02 New Jersey 73 73 34.3 .463 .224 .678 5.3 2.6 1.2 1.7 14.9
2002–03 New Jersey 77 77 34.1 .470 .209 .653 8.3 2.4 1.3 .9 16.7
2003–04 New Jersey 65 62 34.6 .488 .280 .684 9.5 2.5 1.5 1.3 16.7
2004–05 Denver 70 67 32.5 .490 .000 .646 7.3 2.4 1.4 1.1 15.5
2005–06 Denver 56 49 27.6 .495 .227 .712 6.3 1.4 .8 .9 12.9
2006–07 Denver 2 2 31.5 .500 .000 .250 10.0 .5 .0 .0 9.5
2007–08 Denver 71 71 30.4 .538 .182 .580 6.5 1.3 1.2 1.2 12.4
2008–09 Denver 66 66 32.0 .491 .368 .604 6.0 2.0 1.5 1.1 11.7
Career 548 535 31.9 .483 .230 .648 7.1 2.1 1.3 1.2 14.1
All-Star 1 0 23.0 .800 .000 .500 7.0 3.0 .0 .0 17.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 New Jersey 20 20 37.5 .424 .222 .691 5.8 2.9 1.2 1.2 16.8
2002–03 New Jersey 20 20 38.9 .453 .091 .693 9.4 2.9 1.5 1.5 18.9
2003–04 New Jersey 11 11 37.2 .533 .000 .750 11.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 19.1
2004–05 Denver 5 5 32.8 .466 .000 .615 5.6 1.2 1.0 1.0 12.4
2005–06 Denver 2 0 17.5 .308 .000 .500 4.5 .5 2.0 1.0 4.5
2007–08 Denver 4 4 29.5 .441 .000 .625 6.3 1.3 1.0 .5 8.8
2008–09 Denver 16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.9 2.1 1.1 .9 10.9
Career 78 76 35.8 .461 .133 .694 7.4 2.2 1.2 1.2 15.4

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elton Brand
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
2000
Succeeded by
Shane Battier
Preceded by
Elton Brand
John R. Wooden Award (men)
2000
Succeeded by
Shane Battier
Preceded by
Elton Brand
NBA first overall draft pick
2000 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Kwame Brown

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