In this past off-season the Minnesota Timberwolves let Martell Webster go in order to free up the necessary salary cap space to make a run at Nicolas Batum (who ultimately remained with the Portland Trail Blazers) and the Washington Wizards took advantage. They added the former No.6 overall pick (2005 by the Blazers as Webster had just come out of high school) on a one-year deal for $1.75 million. His play this season has made that contract extremely valuable for the Wiz, and they will surely be looking to extend the 6’7″ eighth year small forward based on his 2012-13 play.
Webster has fit right in to this under-the-radar Wizards team defense, and offensively we are finally seeing more consistent play from the 26-year-old as his 10.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game are all career bests. Webster’s shooting has been fantastic in the nation’s capital as his three-pointers and free throws have been very good this season (career highs for 3-balls, free-throws, and field goal percentage).
This Wizards franchise has been stacking losses for a few years now, but their backcourt looks like it could be special going forward and Webster looks like he has finally found an NBA home where he can be comfortable and contribute. His scoring has increased monthly as he is getting into a rhythm with his role, and in February he has been on fire so this small forward is a player to watch going forward for the Wiz.