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OKC Thunder: New OKC player Kevin Martin had been a thorn in Thunder's side

Kevin Martin, who the Thunder acquired in a trade from the Rockets, has had several big games against Oklahoma City.
BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer Published: October 27, 2012

Shooting guard Kevin Martin offers essentially what James Harden offers, but Martin goes about it a little differently.

Martin gets to the free-throw line more frequently than Harden off his playmaking ability. Martin finished at the line while Harden finishes at the rim.

The Thunder's quiet offseason suddenly got noisy Saturday night when it traded Harden, center Cole Aldrich, guard Daequan Cook and forward Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Martin, rookie guard Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick.

On Saturday morning, the Thunder had trimmed its final roster down to 15 by waiving center Daniel Orton, forward Hollis Thompson and guard Andy Rautins.

The evening trade leaves OKC with two open roster spots, but it was not immediately known who would fill those spots.

In the 29-year-old Martin, the Thunder has taken a frequent thorn from its side and made him one of its own.

Martin has career averages of 18.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In 25 career games against OKC, he averaged 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists, shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

By comparison, the 23-year-old Harden has career averages of 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Last season's Sixth Man of the Year shot 37.0 percent from 3-point range and 83.5 percent from the free-throw line in his three seasons with the Thunder.

It has been Martin's sudden-strike offense that has given OKC headaches since its inaugural season in 2008-09.

Last season, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound Martin exploded for 32 points, shot 10 of 18 from the field (4 for 7 on 3-pointers), added three assists and had two steals in the Rockets' 96-95 victory over the Thunder in Houston on Feb. 15. Martin clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 23.6 seconds left.

In 2008-09 while playing for the Sacramento Kings, Martin erupted for 37 points in an overtime victory over OKC.

One week later, he had 23 points and six rebounds against the Thunder.

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