Rebirth Of Martell Webster

By Thomas Jones
Geoff Burke – US Presswire

The man I’m most interested in seeing play tonight for the Washington Wizards is Martell Webster. I know some are scratching their heads wondering, “Why Webster?” I have always been intrigued by Webster’s skill set since he was picked 6th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2005 draft. Webster’s reputation coming out of high school was that of a shooter. At 6’7″, he has the ability to shoot over smaller guys and the ability to get to the rim.

Webster was one of the last players able to make the jump immediately from high school to NBA and also remains one of the highest picks to be sent down the NBA Development League. Fortunately for Webster, Hasheem Thabeet holds that not so flattering honor of being the highest-picked D-Leaguer.

Webster has struggled to stay healthy or perform consistently since he has been in the league. After falling out of favor in Portland, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he struggled with a back injury from day one. Minnesota waived him this summer and he signed a one-year deal with the Wizards.

I applauded Webster’s signing knowing, if healthy, what he could provide a team lacking in scoring from the wing position. Webster hasn’t disappointed. He is a big part of the reason why the Wizards bench lead the league in bench scoring. This year, he is averaging 22 minutes a game as a reserve and will be looking to see his minutes increase with the injury to Trevor Ariza.

With Webster’s role increasing, his point production and rebound production should increase as well. If Webster continues to play consistently and remains healthy, I am sure teams will be looking to lock him in to a multi-year deal this offseason–being that he just turned 27.

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