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When the Rockets traded KJ Martin to the Clippers this offseason, optimism surrounded the 22-year-old forward’s potential for growth.

However, the journey took an unexpected turn. Martin, having played only two games and averaging 5 points in 15.5 minutes per game with the Clippers, found himself on the move again – this time to the 76ers in the James Harden trade.

His arrival in Philadelphia was seen as an opportunity for a fresh start, with hopes that the Sixers would provide a platform for Martin to showcase his talents.

Yet, the reality has fallen short. Since joining the 76ers, Martin has featured in just eight games, averaging a mere 1 point in 5.1 minutes per game.

This stark decline contrasts sharply with Martin’s impactful performances last season in Houston, where he averaged 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 28 minutes per game.

The significant reduction in playing time and production has understandably taken a toll on the young player.

Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire highlighted Martin’s perspective, quoting him as saying, “Yeah, for sure. I mean, I think it’s tough for anybody. I’m a competitor at the end of the day. So I just want to go out there and play basketball. That’s what I love to do, and it’s what I worked for all my life. So it’s a little bit tough for sure.”