OKLAHOMA CITY Kevin Martin said there are times he almost has to pinch himself.
The former Kings guard was traded from Sacramento in February 2010 to Houston.
Then came the trade before this season that sent Martin to the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving him a realistic chance of winning an NBA championship.
Martin, 29, has replaced James Harden as the Thunder's scoring punch off the bench, and he's enjoying his "perfect opportunity."
Martin had 18 points off the bench as the Thunder beat the Kings 113-103 Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"It couldn't have gone any smoother," Martin said of the transition to Oklahoma City. "On the flight over, (general manager) Sam (Presti) told me all you have to do is worry about playing basketball and get familiar with the guys. And everything off the court we're going to make it smooth for you."
Martin had been counted on in Sacramento and Houston to be a top scorer.
But playing with All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has allowed Martin to play his game without being the focus of the entire defense.
And after battling a shoulder injury much of last season in Houston, he's feeling good in this new role as sixth man on an elite team.
"On the court, I don't have to take that beating every night to score 30 points, and my body is loving me for that right now," Martin said.
And the Thunder loves Martin.
"K-Mart has done a good job of coming in and filling the role we needed," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "He comes off the bench and gives us a spark. He's a ball mover, a guy that can score without the basketball, with backdoor cuts, pin downs, and he can also play pick-and-roll."
Brooks said Martin's personality has allowed him to fit in well. Martin likened the environment to when he was drafted by the Kings in 2004 with how the players get along and the community support.
Martin is averaging 15.9 points in 29.5 minutes this season. His scoring is below his career mark of 18.3 points, but he is shooting 46.8 percent, above his career rate of 44.3 percent.
"It's a sacrifice for him," Brooks said. "He can still be a 20-point scorer in this league."
Martin isn't concerned with that at this point in his career. He's not about putting up big numbers. He wants to win games.
"I know what's important," Martin said. "I don't have to be that 25- to 30-point guy every game."
Dentist visit When Kings forward Jason Thompson had part of his tooth chipped when he was accidentally elbowed by Milwaukee forward Tobias Harris on Wednesday, he assumed he'd have to wait to get it repaired in Sacramento.
But he was able to have his tooth fixed Thursday morning in Milwaukee before the Kings flew to Oklahoma City.