Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kevin Martin is a Scorer

Kevin Martin Sacramento Kings

Taking a look at the stats leaders for the NBA as of today reveals much of what you'd expect it to be. The listings seem to make sense for the most part. Perhaps the biggest surprise comes here from the scoring leaders though:

NBA Scoring Leaders:

LeBron James CLE 30.9
Kobe Bryant LAL 27.0
Carmelo Anthony DEN 25.8
Kevin Martin SAC 25.2
Tracy McGrady HOU 25.0

Lebron, Kobe, Melo..Expected. T-Mac also a usual suspect. But Kevin Martin? Very surprising. Last season he came on strong, but didn't expect him to keep it up. He averaged about 3 points his rookie season, then went up to about 10ppg and then doubled it to 20. Now he's sitting pretty with the other scorers. He's got to be one of the most deceptive scorers around because looking at his body type you wouldn't expect it. He's also picking up extra points with Mike Bibby sidelined (out 10-12 weeks after thumb surgery). A small guy like AI was up there but that's AI. Kevin Martin is definitely a guy who flew under the radar and probably will have a high value for other teams. If I were him I might even shop for one as soon as he can because Sacramento is going nowhere fast.

Rebounding Leaders:
Marcus Camby DEN 15.5
Dwight Howard ORL 14.6
Chris Kaman LAC 14.1
Emeka Okafor CHA 13.0
Kevin Garnett BOS 12.8

Rebounding leaders make sense so far. Camby is a pogo stick basically and his abilities as a center and defensive player are pretty amazing. Chris Kama checks in on the list most likely due to Elton Brand's injury status. KG, Okafor and D Howard are steady on this category each season.

Current Assist Leaders:

Steve Nash PHX 10.8
Chris Paul NOH 10.3
Jason Kidd NJN 10.2
Baron Davis GSW 9.0
Deron Williams UTA 8.3

No surprises for assists leader either. A very close race there too which goes to show how valuable point guards are to a team. Nash has been a two time MVP, and Kidd was nearly MVP. A recent article looks at the idea that maybe the Nets should trade Kidd to the Lakers to play with Kobe.

Overall, it's still relatively early in the NBA, but the statistical leaders seem on track. View the full stat listings at

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