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.
The 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Kings, Martin played collegiately at Western Carolina and has started 387 out of 475 games since joining the NBA.
He consistently has been one of the league finest shooters and scorers.
In true shooting percentage, a statistic which measures shooting efficiency in field goals, 3-point field goals and free-throws, Martin ranks No. 6 among active players and No. 21 in his career. Martin ranked No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9 in true shooting percentage in consecutive seasons from 2005-08.
By comparison, three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant ranks No. 8 in true shooting percentage on the active list and was No. 6 last season.
Martin led the NBA in free throws made in 2010-11 with 594 and was No. 9 in total points that same season. His offensive rating (points produced per 100 possessions) ranks No. 5 among active players.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lamb is a 20-year-old rookie from Connecticut who was the 12th overall pick of last June's NBA Draft. He left UConn after his sophomore season, during which he averaged 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists and in the previous season he was the second-leading scorer on the 2011 national championship team.
Aldrich played sparingly his first two seasons with the Thunder, averaging 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 44 career appearances.
Cook, who was the 3-point Shooting Contest champion at All-Star Weekend in 2009, had career averages of 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 279 career games with the Miami Heat and Thunder.
Hayward was acquired in a trade last December with the Minnesota Timberwolves for future second-round draft picks and played just 26 games with OKC last season, averaging 1.4 points and 0.6 rebounds.