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Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977 in Saginaw, Michigan) is an NBA basketball player for the Denver Nuggets, playing at the power forward position. He is noted for his excellent defensive and rebounding skills, as well as his intensity and aggressive dunking.
Martin was an outstanding player in college, playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats . As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game and was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations. After his senior year, the University of Cincinnati retired his #4 jersey on April 25, 2000. Later that year, he declared himself eligible for the 2000 NBA Draft and was selected 1st overall by the New Jersey Nets.
As a rookie, Martin averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team . Then next year, Martin averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in helping the Nets to a winning record. Along with Nets stars Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers. In his third season Martin again helped his team into the NBA Finals, where the Nets lost 4 games to 2 against the Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs. The next year, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Martin scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists.
At the end of the 2003-04 season, Martin was signed by the Nets to a $93 million, 7-year contract and then promptly traded to the Nuggets for three 1st round draft picks. He currently plays with them, teaming up with Marcus Camby and Nene to form a formidable defensive frontcourt.
Martin is married with two children, son Kenyon Jr. and daughter Cierra Reign. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and playing video games.
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