Martell Webster Year in ReviewPosted on May 28, 2013 by
Jeremy Hyman | WashingtonWizards.com
GP: 76 PPG: 11.4 FG%: 44.2 3P%: 42.2 RPG: 3.9 APG: 1.9 FT%: 84.8 STL: 0.6
Impact on Team
When Martell Webster signed with the Wizards last August, not much was made of the move. It was a low-risk, high-reward free-agent acquisition that gave the team some added depth at the SF position.
At the time of his signing, team president Ernie Grunfeld said, "Adding him to the roster provides us with another solid veteran presence and gives us flexibility with our lineups at both the shooting guard and small forward positions."
Webster was coming off an injury-plagued season in 2011-12, playing in just 46 games for Minnesota and shooting a career-low 34 percent from three-point range. With a history of injuries and uncertainty in his future, he came to Washington with a chip on his shoulder.
He started the season in a reserve role coming off the bench, but quickly transitioned himself into a starting spot and one of the team's most reliable scorers. He would go on to start 62 games for the Wizards in 2012-13 and tally career high marks in points (11.4), 3-pt FG percentage (42.2 percent), rebounds (3.9), assists (1.9) and minutes (28.9) per game. His 2200 minutes played for the season were the most of any Wizards player. Not bad for a guy coming off back surgery.
His 42.2 percent three-point shooting was good for 11th best in the NBA and he tied a career-high with seven made threes on March 16 in a win against Phoenix. He would be the team's most proficient three-point shooter throughout the season, knocking down 139 of the 329 he attempted. He also finished 18th in the league in free-throw percentage, finishing the season shooting 84.8 percent from the charity stripe.
But, to measure Webster's breakout season simply by numbers would be a disservice to what he meant to the team. If you were to poll the locker room, it would be near unanimous who the funniest character was on the team. And that would be Martell Webster.
His off-beat humor and outgoing personality proved to be a hit with both his teammates and the media. He frequently impersonated his teammates, posed his own questions during postgame availability, and took on a leadership role in a locker room that needed just that.
He played much of the season battling through an abdomen injury, but never allowed it to get in the way of his stellar play or used it as an excuse during an off-shooting night. Despite the abdomen injury, he credited the Wizards training staff constantly for getting him ready to play each night and allowing him to have the healthiest season he's had since his rookie year.
From everything he did on the court to everything he brought
off it, Webster was a perfect fit in Washington and his services will be highly
sought after this off-season.
While Webster is considered to be a veteran (he has now played eight NBA seasons), he is still only 26 years old and has a lot of basketball ahead of him. After his career year in 2012-13, he is now an unrestricted free agent and will be a target of many competing teams. The Wizards have been fairly open about wanting Webster back, but until free agency opens on July 1 they must stand pat.
Webster is sure to cash in on his career year, but he has also stated his desire to return to Washington and continue this ride with the Wizards. This will likely be one of the biggest storylines of the summer and retaining Webster's services could be a key portion to the team's future success.
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