The Washington Wizards have surprisingly been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the return of John Wall. After starting the season at an abysmal 5-28, the Wizards are 13-10 in the games where they’ve had their star point guard on the floor.
Though they’ve improved greatly with Wall back, one of the guys who has been consistent for the Wizards this season–most likely to the surprise of many–is Martell Webster.
The reason that Webster’s play this year might be a shock to some people is really just from his track record in the league. For his career, he has averaged just 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and one assist per game and shot the ball at just 42 percent from the field and at a respectable 38.4 percent from long-range.
However, the Wizards have energized the 26-year-old small forward this season. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season as well as shooting 45.8 percent from the field. All of those, except for his rebounding numbers, are career-highs for Webster.
The most impressive part of his season, though, is the way he’s shot the ball from beyond the arc. This season, Webster has converted on 44.9 percent of his three-point attempts. That’s 3.2 percent higher than his previous career-high and is the second-best three-point percentage in the league. That’s definitely not anything to scoff at.
Has Webster been a player who can take over games and get wins single-handedly? No. But he came to Washington to be able to provide them some offense on the perimeter occasionally. With that set of expectations, Webster has been terrific and far exceeded what the Wizards thought he would do.