I think Orton brings the one thing we have not had in OKC. A scoring low post guy you can dump the ball down to. Also it would be great for Perk to have to cover a scoring C in practice instead of Cole and Thabeet. Orton is a big raw kid who, when healthy, can play some ball. Then I would look for an insurance guy at the sg/sf spot.
would be nice to see pietrus, too bad he wont sign for the minimum
@DarnellMayberry: Kevin Martin: "One thing I made a conscious effort to do this off-season was go back to being a solid defender."
@DarnellMayberry: Martin admitted he won't be a lockdown defender. But he brought up a great point. He's never played w/ 2 paint protectors like Perk & Ibaka
Pietrus would be a perfect backup to KD.
It hit me watching the videos how perspectives can change in a short amount of time. Can you imagine how thrilled we would have been not to long ago if we had had two rookies of the caliber of Jeremy Lamb and PJIII coming in at the same time?
If you don't watch any other video, watch Kevin Martin's interview. This is the face you see after a tornado has ripped through your house and all your family is fine. I've seen that face because I've had that face. Relief and hope, everything about his body language oozes with along with excitement, the man couldn't stand still. From everything I have read in the last couple of days about Martin, he spent the entire off season preparing for the role Harden is now saddled with. He has worked very hard and I think it is because he is beginning to realize his mortality, not the BIG mortality, but his mortality as a player. Couple that with the fact he is in the last year of his contract and you have all the ingredients for a player having a great year and we are the benefactors of that.
I really think we are going to see the effects of yet another dose of Presti Magic, I do. All of this materialized so quickly and when the smoke clears we find out that Martin played for Brooks at Sacramento and Lamb played for Kevin Ollie at Connecticut. We have to remember Kevin Ollie was here while we were building this thing from the ground up and it gives him a unique perspective when asked "will this guy fit our system" and supposedly Ollie said this is your guy. Add to that, Brooks spent a lot of time with Martin one on one like assistants do back in his Sacramento days giving him a unique advantage evaluating whether he would fit into his system. Those 2 alone almost sells the trade but Presti gets 2 first rounds and a virtually guaranteed 31st pick as the whipped cream topping with a cherry on top.
I was not excited about Cole Aldrich as our backup center.... at all. If we bring Orton back I will feel even better. I would like to have some options behind Perkins.
Back to Kevin Martin. The more I read, the more I like. Personally, I think he will be a much better fit for Maynor than Harden was because he does more without the ball than I felt Harden did. I think we will see Maynor's assists go through the roof playing with this guy. I think we also want to remember this is a guy that IS a starting 2 and a starting 2 who was the go to guy. A lot of us hoped that Harden would be able to step into a starting role here but he struggled every time he got a chance. When Thabo got hurt last year and Harden started it was a disaster. Bottom line, I'm pumped. I think we'll forget about the beard by Christmas if not before. This guy is smooth, he's smart and he can play. :up: