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Why the Chicago Bulls Need to Sign Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin  playing for the Clippers
Kenyon Martin playing for the ClippersRonald Martinez/Getty Images
David ParkContributor IIINovember 27, 2012

With the Chicago Bulls struggling with their 6-7 record and with two roster spots available to them, now would be the perfect time to sign former No. 1 overall pick and All-Star Kenyon Martin to serve as their backup big man.

As evidenced by its inability to close out Monday's game when up by 27 points against the divisional rival Milwaukee Bucks, the "Bench Mob," as it is affectionately called by its hometown fans, lacks a true second big man to help out.

This is where Martin comes into equation. The 6'9'' power forward who averaged 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and a block in 22.4 minutes of action for the L.A. Clippers last season, would have an impact on the offensive side and especially on the defensive end. 

The Bulls currently use Taj Gibson as their only backup big man with recently signed Nazr Mohammed seldom getting any playing time. If Martin were to sign with the Bulls, he would greatly help the bench defensively, as he could guard both forward positions due to his quickness and size. He could also help defend the center position, as he is a tough and savvy defender. 

On the offensive side of the ball, Martin would be able to run the fast break due to his quickness and athleticism, and he possesses a decent post game and a mid-range jump shot which would alleviate the offensive problems that the bench currently has. He is also a beast on the offensive boards and will get his fair share of tip-ins. 

His high basketball IQ will also help this young Bulls team. His veteran presence and leadership will mature this squad. Martin has played in over 100 postseason games, which is a plus for a Bulls team striving to claim their seventh championship. His toughness will also be beneficial in the playoffs. His intangibles are second to none, and his hustle and ability to make that crucial play can make this team a force to be reckoned with when Derrick Rose comes back. 

The only problem with Martin is his attitude. Martin is known as being difficult in the locker room. However, the stern leadership of Tom Thibodeau and his willingness to win a championship at the age of 35 will definitely lower his ego to some extent. 

A bench of Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, Kenyon Martin and Taj Gibson certainly won't strike fear into opposing teams, but it will be more than enough to hold down the fort until the first team comes back on the floor.

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