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Weighing the pros and cons of Rockets’ draftee Kenyon Martin Jr.

Kenyon Martin Jr. #4 of Sierra Canyon (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
Kenyon Martin Jr. #4 of Sierra Canyon (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
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Kenyon Martin Jr. #4 of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)

Strengths of Rockets’ Kenyon Martin Jr.

Although Martin has high expectations to live up to, as he shares his father’s name, he’s sought to create a name for himself, as opposed to living under the moniker of “Kenyon Martin’s son.” KJ is a high-flyer in his own right, as he boasts a 45-inch vertical, which has allowed him to fly over opponents, making him unstoppable from getting easy finishes at the rim.

In addition, Martin flashed as a capable shooter, as he made 35 percent of his threes during his lone season post-high school, which figures to bode well for him, playing alongside James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who the team has made it known that they plan on keeping, in spite of their trade requests. Martin has a wingspan of 6-foot-7, which has allowed him to be a plus defender and contest shots at the rim.

Martin’s youth and elite athleticism would also make for a stellar lob threat. This has proven to be successful for Harden over the years, and was a missing ingredient for the Rockets after they dealt Capela. Martin also figures to make for a great roll man, off of the pick-and-roll action, and his ability to run the floor could create more fastbreak opportunities for himself, and especially considering his ability to run the floor.

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Although Martin is likely to spend the bulk of his time in the Rockets’ G-League-affiliate Rio Grande Vipers, he could provide value to the Rockets, so long as he’s able to blossom quickly and overcome the learning curve.

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