BIRTHPLACE: SAGINAW, MI
NBA SEASONS: 15
ALL STAR APPEARANCES: 1
Kenyon Lee Martin joins BIG3 after a high profile NBA career. Martin's career in the NBA spanned 15 seasons, where he was a standout for the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.
Martin attended the University of Cincinnati where he led the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 27-6 record. The following summer he won gold with the United States team at the World University Games. In his final collegiate year, Martin lead the team to a record of 29-4, which earned him the National College Player of the Year award. He holds the Bearcats' records for career field goal percentage (.586) and blocked shots (292). On April 25, 2000, the Cincinnati Bearcats honored the 6ft 9 in power forward by retiring his number 4 jersey.
Martin was drafted in the 2000 NBA draft and the New Jersey Nets selected him with the first overall pick. In his first season in the NBA, he averaged 12 points, 1.7 blocks and 7.4 rebounds. This earned him a place in the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Martin helped lead The Nets to a history making rise in the 2001-02 season. The team rose from last place, in the previous season, to winning the Eastern Conference title. He also helped the Nets reach the NBA finals the following year, earning an NBA All-Star selection.
Martin left NBA for the Chinese basketball league, joining Xinjiang Flying Tigers. He later returned to play for LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks. After a brief retirement, 2017 marks his return to pro basketball, playing in The BIG3.