What Kevin Durant and OKC taught Kevin Martin

JON KRAWCZYNSKI - For ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: July 21, 2013 at 8:13 am •  Published: July 21, 2013
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"It's a product of roles," Martin said. "Last year I played as a third guy behind Kevin and Russ, which I loved because I feel like I got a year off from taking on that type of game. Now I feel like I'm ready to go back to that role where I can pick up a little bit more on the offensive end. Right now I feel great and I'm excited to get back into the system and I'm excited to play with such a good team and help get them back to the playoffs."

Martin also played a big role in recruiting Corey Brewer, a friend he has spent the last few summers training with in Florida. Brewer's strength is more on the defensive end, which the Wolves needed when Andrei Kirilenko left for the Brooklyn Nets.

"Corey's the perfect guy to play beside me," Martin said. "I knew AK probably wouldn't be back, and I thought this was the right fit."

Martin has never had the reputation as a lockdown defender, and the Timberwolves could struggle on defense with the more offensive-minded players like himself, Love and Nikola Pekovic in the starting five.

But the Thunder were one of the best defenses in the league last season, which taught Martin how to use his teammates' help to be effective on that end.

"Defense is five guys playing into a system and putting the effort in on defense," he said. "That's what we need to do out there. I feel like we can do that. We don't have Serge Ibaka, but we can still put in an effort out there and everybody is on the same page and helps one another and just go from there."

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