Kings Cup: Kevin Martin Marking His Territory In Sacramento

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 20, 2008

The Sacramento Kings aren't having the best year a team could have, but there has been a flash of talent here and there.


The man holding the flare gun is Kevin Martin.


Besides the fact he's having a career year in points per game, minutes per game, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage, he has performed at a high level against the top teams in the NBA. Not to mention he led the Kings past the Chris Paul's Hornets in an upset win 112-103.


Martin is only 25 years old and is proving that he is among the game's young and talented superstars. The Kings were blowing out the Hornets by 40 before New Orleans whittled it down.


Kevin gets to the line on the daily, ranking second in the NBA in free throws made and fifth in free throw attempted per 48 minutes. Also Martin has helped the team to wins over San Antonio, L.A. Lakers, Detroit, Houston, Utah, and the New Orleans Hornets.


He's also worked alongside bad boy Ron Artest and young star John Salmons to form one of the best combos in the West. If not for Hedo Turkoglu, Martin may be the league's most improved player.


Martin is averaging 23 points, 2.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is also one of a few players in the league to average more than 20 points, shoot over 80 percent from the line, grab more than four rebounds a game, and average a steal per game.

In his last three games, the 2006 first round pick out of Western Carolina has scored 92 points, including two straight games with 30+ points.


The Maloof brothers hit the jackpot with this kid. Kevin Martin will undoubtedly become the leader of the Kings' franchise.