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Martin goes one-on-one to improve game

An in-depth, 2 page article was written by Sam Amick from the Sacramento Bee on how Martin has been improving his game over the summer. It also includes a wonderful video of Kevin during his practice sessions. "Everybody says they want to force me left, but I want them to force me left," the Kings shooting guard says with a bit of bravado inside a dank gym at the IMG Academies earlier this month. "I love going left." But the research – a sheet filled with statistics Martin hands to his personal coach, David Thorpe, on this muggy morning – shows it's not quite that simple. Martin may have gone left 62.19 percent of the time last season, but his efficiency when heading that direction was well below the rate when he headed right. He settled for the midrange jumper 63.25 percent of the time as opposed to 38.89 percent on the right side, which matters because the numbers also prove scoring at the rim is a greater certainty than burying pull-ups from any range. This is just one nuance of Martin's game, but it is the lesson of the day."

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