5 Philadelphia 76ers who need monster second halves to save their jobs

These five players need to perform much better in the second half of the season if they want to extend their Philadelphia 76ers tenures.

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5 76ers who need monster second halves to save their jobs

2. KJ Martin

Once an afterthought in the grand James Harden trade, KJ Martin has been relied on by Philadelphia more than ever considering the injuries and nagging ailments by their key rotation cogs. The 23-year-old wing has definitely been the energizer bunny of the bunch, but the 76ers will need much more from him if he wants to remain in the City of Brotherly Love.

Martin can be a great depth piece on the cheap as a flexible wing who can play on both ends, but his hypothetical two-way impact has been hit-and-miss so far. He’s prone to committing fouls, often overhelps, and is an unreliable presence on the perimeter, putting a cap on his role and tenability as a player the 76ers would love to have back next season.

With Nicolas Batum often missing games and Robert Covington currently injured, the time is now for Martin to prove that he’s not only a high leaper. Philadelphia has no need for lane cloggers and one-dimensional guys. Thus, he must show that the flashes he showed early when he was in Houston can be realized and improved upon.