The NBA trade deadline came and went with the New York Knicks trading their shooting guard/small forward Ronnie Brewer. He served his purpose of bridging the gap between when Iman Shumpert was rehabbing his knee and when he returned to the court. Once Shumpert returned, Brewer became expendable and so the Knicks sent him on his way. They've filled his roster spot with veteran Kenyon Martin.
Ronnie Brewer was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a second round pick in 2014. Brewer is a very good defender and can contain players one-on-one. He can get to the rim but his jump shot is a liability. However, the Thunder don't need him to score. At the end of the day the Knicks did him a big favor. He could have continued to rot on the bench and instead was sent to a major contender for a title.
Constant injuries to both Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace have left the Knicks with a need to make a move. The bottom line is that the Knicks were lacking depth in the frontcourt and now they have the roster room to make that happen. Enter Kenyon Martin.
The Knicks are hoping Martin is in shape and can contribute right away. The Knicks are in a funk and need Martin to not only leave the roster chemistry undisturbed but also give the Knicks the solid minutes they need behind Tyson Chandler.
Martin is a 6’9", 240 pound veteran power forward. The Knicks were able to sign him to a 10 day contract, meaning he either shows his worth or the Knicks cut him and replace him. Last season playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, in 22.4 minutes Martin averaged 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, one steal and one block per contest.
He's a good passer for his position and should be able to become active right away with the Gotham Lob. He can run the floor, make mid-range jumpers, play one-on-one defense down low and is a strong help defender. The savvy defenseman has played with Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd during his career. You wouldn't think Martin would need more than a small transition period to get with the program.
This wont help solve the Knicks issues in the backcourt but it should help their interior defense. That said, it will be interesting to see what happens with the frontcourt rotation when Camby and Wallace return. No matter what happens, this was a positive move by the front office.
Brewer was an unused player and Martin is the type of defensive forward who can make a difference for the Knicks. While Martin may not be as big as some may want behind Chandler but he can play power forward as well and allow Mike Woodson to continue to use a smaller lineup. It should be fun to watch.
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