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Kenyon Martin
Kenyon Martin
Martin playing for the Clippers in 2012.
No. 6, 4, 2, 3
Position: Power Forward
League: NBA/CBA
Personal information
Full name: Kenyon Lee Martin Sr.
Born: December 30, 1977 (1977-12-30) (age 46)
Saginaw, Michigan
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight: 234 lbs (106 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2000 for the New Jersey Nets
Final season: 2015 for the Milwaukee Bucks
Career information
High school: Bryan Adams
(Dallas, Texas)
College: Cincinnati (19962000)
NBA Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career: 20002015 (15 years)
Career history
20002004 New Jersey Nets
20042011 Denver Nuggets
2011 Flying Tigers (China)
2012 Los Angeles Clippers
20132014 New York Knicks
2015 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points: 9,325 (12.3 PPG)
Rebounds: 5,159 (6.8 RPG)
Assists: 1,439 (1.9 APG)
Steals: 893 (1.2 SPG)
Blocks: 864 (1.1 BPG)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball–Reference.com
Medals
Flag of the United States Men's basketball
FIBA Americas Championship
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 2003 San Juan
Goodwill Games
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 2001 Brisbane
Summer Universiade
Olympic Gold Medal Gold 1999 Palma

Kenyon Lee Martin Sr. (born December 30, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a Power Forward, he played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China. He played college basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats and was named the National College Player of the Year during his senior season. Martin was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He was an NBA All–Star in 2004.

Early years[]

Martin was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on December 30, 1977, to Lydia Moore, a single mother of two. He has a sister, Tamara, who is 3½ years older. Shortly after, the family moved south to the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, where Martin's mother worked two jobs. Later, Martin was often watched by his sister while their mother worked.[1]

Martin attended three high schools in four years, but he sought refuge in sports, playing basketball, baseball, and football. In high school, many major universities showed interest in his basketball prowess, but the University of Cincinnati and assistant coach John Loyer recruited him hardest after seeing him play AAU ball after his junior year. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1996 (he was named to the school's Hall of Fame in 2009).[2]

College career[]

Martin went to the University of Cincinnati and played for the Cincinnati Bearcats under the direction of head coach Bob Huggins. He was homesick early in his freshman year and actually took a bus back home to Dallas. His mother and his older sister, who by then were both working two jobs and attending college, steered him to return to finish college.

By Martin's junior year, he led Cincinnati to a 27–6 record and was named second-team All–Conference USA and, in the summer following, he led the U.S. team to the gold medal in the World University Games, leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

As a senior in 1999–2000, Martin averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game during a season in which the Bearcats were ranked #1 for 12 weeks. That season, he recorded his second triple–double with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks vs. Memphis (in 1997, he recorded 24/23/10 vs. DePaul). Martin was the Consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations, and the team was ranked #1 in the nation at the conclusion of the regular season. However, Martin suffered a broken leg three minutes into the Bearcats' first game of the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. The team finished with a record of 29–4.

Martin remains the Bearcats' all–time leader in career blocked shots (292) and field goal percentage (.586). 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. As of 2019, Martin remains the last American–born college senior to have been the top overall pick.

Martin graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.[3]

Professional career[]

New Jersey Nets (2000–2004)[]

Martin's debut game was played on October 31, 2000 in an 82–86 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he recorded to 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. As a rookie for the New Jersey Nets, Martin averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All–Rookie First Team and finished second in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year behind Mike Miller. 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 Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn, and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers.

On January 29, 2003, Martin recorded a career–best 21 rebounds, while adding 19 points and eight assists, in an 86–78 win over the Washington Wizards. In his third season, Martin again helped his team into the NBA Finals, where the Nets lost in six games to 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.[4] Martin later admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning. On an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Martin told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that Mourning thought that Martin should have been working as hard as he was in morning shootarounds, but he was never a shootaround guy.[5] Martin now participates in Mourning's annual charity basketball game (see below "Off the court").

Denver Nuggets (2004–2011)[]

Kenyon Martin over Dirk Nowitzki

Kenyon Martin shooting over Dirk Nowitzki.

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

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. 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 refused 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, Martin learned the swelling now occurring in his right knee would require another microfracture procedure. On November 15, 2006, after playing two regular season games, Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.[8] Martin is believed to be the first NBA player to have, and to return from, microfracture surgery on both knees.[9]

Martin was fined $15,000 by the NBA when, during the third quarter of a 2006 game against the Chicago Bulls, Martin as well as some of his friends got into a verbal altercation with some fans. He was also cautioned to no longer bring his entourage to games.[10][11]

Kenyon Martin Nuggets

Martin with the Nuggets in 2011.

To symbolize a fresh start 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]

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2011)[]

Martin became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011; however, due to the 2011 NBA lockout, he opted to sign a one–year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. His contract reportedly would have made him the highest paid player in the Chinese league's history.[13][14] On December 24, 2011, Martin was released from the club so that he could "take care of family affairs".[15] Martin was initially not allowed to return to the NBA until the Flying Tigers' season ended on February 15, 2012, if not later due to the 2012 CBA Playoffs. However, the FIBA granted him an earlier release on February 2.[16]

Los Angeles Clippers (2012)[]

On February 3, 2012, Martin signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[17] In his first game with the Clippers, Martin scored 6 points and collected four rebounds in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

New York Knicks (2013–2014)[]

On February 21, 2013, Martin agreed to join the New York Knicks on a 10–day contract, which reunited him with Jason Kidd.[18] He officially joined the team on February 23.[19] He was signed to a second 10–day contract on March 5,[20] and signed for the remainder of the season on March 15.[21] Upon his signing, he provided a large amount of help to a Knicks team that was depleted in the frontcourt, replacing Tyson Chandler, who was out with a neck injury, in the Knicks' starting lineup. On July 25, 2013, Martin re–signed with the Knicks for the 2013–14 season.[22]

Milwaukee Bucks (2015)[]

On January 9, 2015, Martin signed a 10–day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.[23] He went on to sign a second 10–day contract on January 19,[24] and a rest-of-season contract on January 29.[25] Martin's final NBA game was on February 2, 2015 in a 82–75 win over the Toronto Raptors where Martin recorded 4 points and 3 rebounds. On February 19, 2015, he was waived by the Bucks.[26]

On July 3, 2015, Martin announced his retirement from professional basketball.[27]

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

NBA[]

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
2009–10 Denver 58 58 34.2 .456 .276 .557 9.4 1.9 1.2 1.1 11.5
2010–11 Denver 48 48 25.7 .511 .222 .583 6.2 2.3 .9 .7 8.6
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 42 0 22.4 .441 .231 .370 4.3 .4 1.0 1.0 5.2
2012–13 New York 18 11 23.9 .602 .425 5.3 .4 .9 .9 7.2
2013–14 New York 32 15 19.8 .512 .000 .579 4.2 1.6 .8 .8 4.3
2014–15 Milwaukee 11 0 9.5 .409 1.000 1.7 .5 .5 .5 1.8
Career 757 667 30.6 .483 .234 .629 6.8 1.9 1.2 1.1 12.3
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
2002 New Jersey 20 20 37.5 .424 .222 .691 5.8 2.9 1.2 1.3 16.8
2003 New Jersey 20 20 38.9 .453 .091 .693 9.4 2.9 1.5 1.6 18.9
2004 New Jersey 11 11 37.2 .533 .000 .750 11.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 19.1
2005 Denver 5 5 32.8 .466 .000 .615 5.6 1.2 1.0 1.0 12.4
2006 Denver 2 0 17.5 .308 .500 4.5 .5 2.0 1.0 4.5
2008 Denver 4 4 29.5 .441 .625 6.3 1.3 1.0 .5 8.8
2009 Denver 16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.9 2.1 1.1 .9 10.9
2010 Denver 6 6 34.2 .480 .000 .632 8.3 1.3 1.5 1.2 10.0
2011 Denver 5 5 29.6 .480 .611 7.8 1.6 .4 .4 11.8
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 0 17.5 .524 .625 3.2 .3 .4 1.7 4.5
2013 New York 12 1 21.1 .580 .550 4.5 .9 .8 1.4 5.8
Career 112 88 32.0 .470 .129 .679 6.8 1.8 1.1 1.2 12.9

CBA[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Xinjiang Flying Tigers 12 11 29.9 .521 .000 .613 9.7 1.8 .8 .6 13.9

Personal life[]

Martin is the half–brother of former Colorado Buffaloes Shooting Guard Richard Roby. He is also the cousin of Robert "50" Martin of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame.

Martin's son, Kenyon Martin Jr., played his postgraduate year for the IMG Academy after graduating from the Sierra Canyon School.[28] On March 24, 2020, his son declared for the 2020 NBA Draft[29][30] and was selected 52nd overall by the Sacramento Kings.

In 2019, Martin requested that his child support obligations be reduced to reflect his lower income since the end of his NBA career. He stated that his current obligations, which included paying his ex–wife Heather $3,000 per month in child support, plus "additional child support" of $7,000 per month in credit card bills, a new car for Heather every three years and private school fees for the children, were no longer affordable.

External links[]

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References[]

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  2. "Martin's will not broken". http://enquirer.com/bearcats/2000/03/11/uc_martins_will.html. 
  3. "Sports Law Blog". Sports-law.blogspot.com. http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2006/02/kenyon-martin-putting-his-criminal.html. 
  4. ESPN - Retirement necessary after three-year battle - NBA
  5. "Kenyon Martin Once Told Alonzo Mourning: 'worry about your own mother f****** kids' during altercation In Nets Practice". September 5, 2017. http://respect-mag.com/2017/09/kenyon-martin-once-told-alonzo-mourning-worry-about-your-own-mother-f-kids-during-altercation-in-nets-practice/. 
  6. "Martin suspended : Nuggets : The Rocky Mountain News". http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nba/article/0,2777,DRMN_23922_4651346,00.html. 
  7. "Kenyon Martin needs another knee surgery". USA Today. November 16, 2006. https://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/nuggets/2006-11-09-kenyon-martin_x.htm. 
  8. Surgery benches Martin for season
  9. NBA Microfracture History
  10. Sports Law Blog
  11. "Dino Costa – Tag Story Index – USATODAY.com". USA Today. October 16, 2008. http://asp.usatoday.com/community/tags/topic.aspx?req=tag&tag=Dino%20Costa. 
  12. Spears, Marc J. (August 8, 2007). "Martin confident he'll play in opener". Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_6569019?source=rss. 
  13. Hochman, Benjamin (September 22, 2011). "Nuggets' Kenyon Martin to sign largest contract in Chinese league's history". The Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_18944651. 
  14. "Kenyon Martin to ink Chinese league's biggest deal ever". AOL Sporting News (Sporting News). September 26, 2011. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/feed/2011-07/nba-overseas/story/kenyon-martin-to-ink-biggest-deal-ever-in-chinese-league. 
  15. Kenyon, we hardly knew ye
  16. Shelburne, Ramona (February 2, 2012). "Source: Clippers interested in Martin". ESPNLosAngeles.com. http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7534757/kenyon-martin-gets-early-release-los-angeles-clippers-interested. 
  17. CLIPPERS SIGN KENYON MARTIN
  18. "Martin & Knicks Agree To Terms, The Latest On The Deal". http://knicksnow.com/posts/2790/martin-knicks-agree-to-terms-the-latest-on-the-deal#.USbKzVqsgzY. 
  19. "Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to 10-day contract". http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=12518. 
  20. "Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to second 10-day contract". http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=12652. 
  21. Knicks Sign Martin For Remainder Of Season Template:Webarchive
  22. Veteran forward Martin re-signs with Knicks
  23. "Bucks Sign Kenyon Martin to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. January 9, 2015. http://www.nba.com/bucks/release/bucks-sign-kenyon-martin-10-day-contract. 
  24. Bucks Sign Martin to Second 10-Day Contract
  25. Bucks Sign Martin for Remainder of Season
  26. "Bucks Acquire Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. http://www.nba.com/bucks/release/bucks-acquire-michael-carter-williams-tyler-ennis-and-miles-plumlee-three-team-trade. 
  27. Kenyon Martin: I'm retiring from professional basketball
  28. "Kenyon Martin says his son has made a choice on his basketball future". March 24, 2020. https://therookiewire.usatoday.com/2020/03/24/kenyon-martin-jr-declared-2020-nba-draft-mock. 
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  30. Adrian Wojnarowski (March 24, 2020). "Kenyon Martin Jr., son of longtime NBA player, declares for draft". ESPN. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28950590/kenyon-martin-jr-son-long-nba-player-declares-draft. 


New York Knicks 2012–13 season roster
1 Amar'e Stoudemire
2 Raymond Felton
3 Kenyon Martin
4 James White
5 Jason Kidd
6 Tyson Chandler
7 Carmelo Anthony
8 J.R. Smith
9 Pablo Prigioni
14 Chris Copeland
16 Steve Novak
21 Iman Shumpert
45 Marcus Camby
55 Quentin Richardson
Head coach: Mike Woodson
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
New York Knicks 2013–14 season roster
1 Amar'e Stoudemire
2 Raymond Felton
3 Kenyon Martin
5 Tim Hardaway, Jr.
6 Tyson Chandler
7 Carmelo Anthony
8 J.R. Smith
9 Pablo Prigioni
21 Iman Shumpert
25 Wesley Witherspoon
26 Shannon Brown
45 Cole Aldrich
51 Metta World Peace
77 Andrea Bargnani
Head coach: Derek Fisher
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
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