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SLAM Ranks NBA's Best Players: #45 Kevin Martin

SLAM Online, one of basketball's most reputable publications, has recently ranked the NBA's best players. Our very own Houston Rocket, Kevin Martin, cracked the list at number 45.

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It's well documented that Martin struggles on the defensive end, but he's the epitome of offensive scoring efficiency. He averaged 23.4 PPG last season while shooting almost forty-four percent from the field. Adam Sweeney couldn't have written it any better for SLAM:

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Martin played last season without another star by his side and helped carry the load. He also threw a figurative middle finger in the air to critics who call him fragile by playing 80 games.

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Daryl Morey has always been fond of collecting "assets" and garnering lots of praise for his organizational philosophy. I'm a big fan of his, and I think he will bring this city a championship in the next several years.

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Enough about my Morey tangent, I feel that we are lucky to have Kevin Martin on the Rockets. He's very smoothly offensively and one of the quickest players in the league. Check the stats too:

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For statheads ready to argue that Martin doesn’t put up big enough numbers, check again:

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#9 in points per game
#2 in points per 48 minutes
#1 in free-throws made
#8 in free-throw percentage

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Congrats Kevin, you deserve it.

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