From When Kingdom Come: What to Expect in Kevin Martin’s Return
Our friend, Alex Kramers, did some research into how the big names the Kings have traded away have performed in their return to Arco Arena and what it could mean for Kevin Martin’s return to Sacramento tonight:
Martin, who’s averaged 20.3 points per game in 22 contests with the Rockets, half a point above his season output in Sacramento, won’t be the first long-tenured King set out to prove his former team made a mistake by trading him. The high scoring guard struggled in his first game against his old squad in Houston on March 3, putting up 14 points on 3-of-13 from the field and committing four turnovers in a losing effort. As much as Martin hopes the added motivation will make his homecoming different and more than just sentimental, much like the once beloved star players who came and went before him, he’s likely to leave with little more than the gracious applause of a crowd that has moved on without him.