When looking at the New York Knicks roster, it’s fair to say that it is quite talented all around but there is one player who is underrated and his contributions may fly under the radar.
With big names such as Carmelo Anthony, Metta World Peace, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler in the Knicks frontcourt, I’m guessing you know I am talking about Kenyon Martin.
The Knicks picked up Martin to bolster their rotation for the playoff push and he shone under the bright lights of New York as he averaged 7.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 0.9 bpg, while shooting 60 percent from the floor in 21 minutes of action.
K-Mart’s PER 36’s were also great as it amounted to 10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 1.4 bpg, while shooting 60% which are great statistics for any starting player in a frontcourt.
Martin is stuck in the rotation behind a healthy Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, and Chandler so for him to get big minutes is hard but with the skill set he possess he could easily be a backup PF/C or possibly even a starting PF/C in the association if he was on a team like the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers.
Martin made a great impression on the Knicks coaching staff and front office after a collection of great games in the regular season and in their playoff run. The fact that he liked the Knicks and New York City also gave a bit of assistance to the Glen Grunwald and the front office when deciding to bring him back for the 2013-2014 NBA season.
K-Mart is a great presence for the Knicks in the locker room and on the court and provides veteran leadership whenever possible so it will help young players such Tim Hardaway Jr. and C.J Leslie adjust to the NBA game with a figure in the locker room alongside them.
He may not get the minutes this season that he likely deserves, but it is real easy to make the case that Martin is clearly the most underrated player on the Knicks roster.