In just four games, Kenyon Martin has already found his place in the Clippers rotation and is providing an unexpected defensive presence.
Fueled by his four block effort against Dallas, Martin is averaging a career-high 1.8 blocks per game.
Of course the limited sample size can be attributed to his inflated rejection totals, but Martin swatted two attempts in his Clippers debut against Cleveland and then turned away one shot against the 76ers.
Martin hasn’t been an effective shot blocker since his first two seasons in the league, when the Nets were a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference and his leaping ability hadn’t been stolen by two micro-fracture surgeries.
Since joining the Clippers, Martin been on the floor an average of 21.5 minutes per game, totaling 6.5 points, shot 52.4% from the field and grabbed 4.3 rebounds.
The former first overall pick remains available in over 85% of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues and once he becomes acclimated to the Clippers scheme, should become a key rotation player for a championship contender.