The Clippers officially took makeup photos for new aid Martin Jr., and confirmed that he will represent the team in the new NBA season, still wearing the No. 6 jersey. Despite his good performance in the Rockets, Martin Jr. was sold at a low price, which is amazing.
The Clippers officially posted a photo of Martin Jr., welcoming him to the team. Martin Jr. was also smiling, looking forward to the new journey. The Clippers acquired Martin Jr. with two second-round picks through a deal with the Rockets, which brought impact to the team and made the lineup a little younger. Last NBA season, Martin Jr. played 82 games with the Rockets, averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Martin Jr.’s jersey number was officially identified as NBA jersey No. 6 in the makeup photo. Although some people question that the number should be retired by the NBA league, it has no impact on NBA players who have been wearing this number to play. Martin Jr. wore the No. 6 jersey during his time with the Rockets, so it makes sense for him to continue to keep this number. In the history of the Clippers, the last player to wear the No. 6 NBA jersey was DeAndre Jordan.
Martin Jr. is the son of former NBA No. 1 pick Kenyon Martin. He inherited his father’s excellent physical fitness and often showed wonderful dunks. Although his draft pick was not high and he was selected with the 52nd overall pick, he was good at seizing opportunities and performed well during the Rockets’ rebuilding period. His stable performance and high attendance rate are very valuable to the Clippers, especially in 82 games in the 22-23 season. Unfortunately, the Rockets did not include Martin in their plans. He almost left the team last NBA season and was eventually sold at a low price this summer. The Rockets did not get enough returns in Martin Jr.’s deal, and only got two future second-round picks, which caused controversy. Even so, Martin Jr. is still grateful to the Rockets: “Houston will always have a place in my heart.”