Oklahoma City Thunder: Simple truth is that Kevin Martin needs to produce more points

It's Martin's responsibility, more so than any other Thunder, to patch the scoring hole left by the injured Russell Westbrook. And that didn't happen in the maiden voyage without Westbrook.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 28, 2013

You can argue that good players can get lost in the Durant/Westbrook domination of an offense. But Saturday night, Durant was crying out for help and getting little from Martin.

Here's how Martin's status has changed over this season. When Martin was producing at a rate not so far from the Harden standard, the question was whether the Thunder could afford to re-sign Martin, who will be a free agent this off-season. But the question has morphed into, does the Thunder want to re-sign Martin?

Certainly the final 37 minutes of Game 3 didn't make Sam Presti wring his hands over trying to keep Martin.

Scotty Brooks, who has been preaching that no one can replace Westbrook's production, admitted he needs more out of Martin and even offered strategy that could help.

“He scores better when he's moving,” Brooks said. “We gotta keep moving him.”

If Martin can't be more productive with Westbrook gone, Martin will be moving, all right. Moving on.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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