Out with the old and in with the…older. After trading Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future second-round pick, the New York Knicks went out and picked up the 35-year-old Kenyon Martin.
The team signed Martin to a 10-day contract. With that move, the Knicks lose a seldom used defensive specialist–compared to the other Knicks players–who averaged a career 8.4 points, three rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. Brewer began the season as a starter before falling out of the rotation because of his poor shooting. He shot 36 percent from the field and averaged just 3.6 points per game.
The Knicks were in desperate need of another post player since their veteran big men Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace went down with injuries.
Kenyon Martin is obviously a shell of his former self, but what he brings to the Knicks is a much needed boost in their interior defense and their rebounding. Last season, with the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin averaged 5.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and one block in 22 minutes per game.
The Knicks hope they can extend their agreement with Martin through the end of the season, but that all depends on how he performs.
Can Martin help this horrible Knicks defense?