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Houston Rockets: Why the Kevin Martin Era Might Not Be over Just Yet

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Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 5, 2012

Who is a fan of change?

What if this “change” means that an NBA player goes from being a starter to a bench role?

It has happened in the NBA before. Some players eventually accept such a role even though it is a shock to the system at first.

The Houston Rockets are looking to qualify for the postseason under first year head coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets have been looking to get the maximum production from their mixture of young talent and experienced veteran roster.

One veteran guard who has seen his role change a great deal is Kevin Martin, who could very well be involved in the offense late in the season and possibly in the postseason either due to injury or needed experience.

Although Martin is averaging 17.1 points per game this season, down from 23.4 in 2010-11, he understands what is going on and is not complaining about his role. He probably misses Rick Adelman but understands that McHale brings in a totally different vision to Houston.

It appears at this time the Rockets are having more success when the offense is being created by guards Goran Dragic and Courtney Lee. Dragic and Lee are younger and quicker players that can create havoc in the painted area for opposing defenders.

When the offense was flowing through Martin, it was at a slower pace, whereas Martin would find his spots on the court rather than wanting to create space off the dribble.

Could this very well be Martin’s last season with the Rockets?

It could be since the team has a roster that is deep at the shooting guard and small forward positions. He has one more year left on his contract and would be a large expiring contract whom General Manager Daryl Morey can look to acquire a “superstar” player with.

For now though, Martin should focus on finding a way to help the Rockets clinch a playoff spot and make some positive noise in the process.

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