Can Kenyon Martin Jr. be one of the best two-way players in the league? The answer is yes. Ever since the 6’6 small forward made his regular-season debut with the Houston Rockets on March 12th, he’s been averaging 7.3 points, 4,5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks, all while playing 19.1 minutes per game.
He has blocked and dunked on some of the biggest and tallest players in the league. His 3-point shot needs some work, but that will come along as he improves his game.
If that does improve, Martin could blossom into a P.J. Tucker or even a Kenneth Faried type of player. Martin has the ceiling and potential to become an even better player, with how he locks up offensive players like Tucker and blocks shots.
Why Houston Rockets fans should be excited about Kenyon Martin Jr.
In addition, Martin will dunk on any and everybody, much like Kenneth Faried once did in his NBA career. When Martin Jr. dunks or blocks a shot, the bench goes crazy, and that’s the energy this young Rockets core needs and can feed off of.
Despite the rough season, Kenyon Martin Jr. is so far an excellent fit for the Rockets. Martin could be the Sixth Man or possibly a multiple Defensive Player of the Year award winner, but no less than a starter around the league.
Alongside Kevin Porter Jr and Christian Wood, the Rockets will be scary good on both ends of the court. New addition D.J. Wilson is also a good shot-blocker and an excellent finisher around the rim.
I believe the Rockets will be top-10 in the league in blocks, steals, and second-chance points next season, and I think Kenyon Martin Jr will be top-20 in these categories. It will be tough to score on them in the post with all this size and jumping ability they will have.
And for the back-half of this season, them playing together will only help them, as they’ll be able to communicate and understand each other more going into next season/ The chemistry this Houston Rockets group can build and develop is paramount.