Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
Let's just hope Kevin Martin can have the same kind of debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder that James Harden did with the Houston Rockets, huh?
Thirty-seven points, 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals later, and Harden's now skyrocketing up fantasy draft boards for those who still haven't held their draft.
The Harden-Martin swap may have temporarily shaken the NBA, but Harden is already off and proving that he's comfortable in his new digs. If Martin does the same, the Thunder could have both a real-life and fantasy sleeper on their hands.
Martin's long been one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA, which should allow him to slide into Harden's former spot with relative ease.
Harden's efficiency is what made him such a dynamic pairing with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and Martin brings similar efficiency, albeit in a much different way.
During the 2011-12 season, Harden generated nearly all of his points from either beyond the three-point line or right at the rim, while Martin relied far more on his mid-range game. (See Kirk Goldsberry's shot charts of the two players on Grantland).
Martin's free-throw attempts plummeted in 2011-12, but before that he's averaged at least seven FTAs per game in each of his past five seasons. In 2010-11, he managed to average 23.5 points in only 32.5 minutes per game.
He won't be seeing 35-plus minutes for the Thunder if Harden didn't, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Martin average in the high teens in shooting with strong contributions in the field goal percentage and three-point shooting categories, too.
That's well worth a late eighth- or early ninth-round pick in your fantasy draft, as his average draft position of 80.2 would suggest.