May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) reacts to play in action against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Old Faces In New Places: Kevin Martin


Old Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

New Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Role: Starter

Best Case Scenario: Kevin Martin will return to the starting lineup and be featured as the primary offensive threat for the Wolves. Though his numbers in Oklahoma City were decent for a guy coming off the bench, they were far below what he’s known for. With the Wolves, Martin will be more of himself when he played with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, averaging 20-plus points. Martin will fit in perfectly with his backcourt partner, Ricky Rubio. With Martin’s help, the Wolves will fight for that final playoff spot.

Worst Case Scenario: Martin will struggle in his third offense in three years. He will get his scoring, but will struggle with his field goal percentage. Defenses will key in on him, knowing he is the Wolves primary perimeter threat. Depending on how the Wolves are progressing, Martin could be benched to see how their first-round pick, Shabazz Muhammad, does.

What Will Really Happen: Martin will fill the stat sheet. He will make the Wolves a better team, but not good enough to get them into the playoffs. Martin will average 18 points a game,  but his defense will be a huge liability.

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