Despite a broken leg that cut short his senior season at Cincinnati, the New Jersey Nets selected national player of the year Kenyon Martin with the first pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and he was a steady contributor as the club grew from doormat to NBA Finalist.
Martin was limited to 68 games as a rookie, with his season ending early after he broke his right fibula again, but still earned All-Rookie first team honors by averaging 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game while shooting .445/1-for-11/.630.
He was an All-Star in 2004 for the Nets, the only time he was selected in his 15-year NBA career, before being sent to the Denver Nuggets in a sign-and-trade deal in July 2004 that netted New Jersey two protected 2005 first-round picks and a protected 2006 first-rounder.
The picks ended up being a 2005 and two 2006s.
In four seasons, Martin missed 45 games with nagging injuries, but still put up 15.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34.1 minutes per game on .467/.219/.663 shooting.
He also appeared in 51 playoff games from 2002-04, averaging 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks in 37.9 minutes a night while shooting .457/.125/.705.
Though Martin was never named to an All-Defensive team, he was in the top five in the NBA in Defensive Rating in both 2002-03 and 2003-04.
He played seven seasons in Denver before bouncing around through China and with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks over parts of 15 NBA seasons. He never played in the league after he was waived by the Bucks in February 2015.