The Washington Wizards were supposed to be one of the surprise teams on the 2012-2013 season, but injuries and a terrible start derailed their season. Despite their record, the play of guard/forward Martell Webster was one of the bright spots of the season.
Washington picked up Webster in free agency last summer, signing the 6’7″ swingman to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million to contend for their starting small forward role. Now a 26-year old veteran after being drafted in the first round out of high school in 2005, Webster secured a rotation spot in the lineup and appeared in 76 games, starting 62 of them.
Webster has always had a reputation of being an above average outside shooter with potential to be a solid scorer in the NBA, but his career was plagued with injuries that would keep him out for long stretches of seasons.
Having found a role that fit his style of play, Webster went out and produced the best season of his career, Webster averaged a career-high 11.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds, while shooting a sizzling .422 from three-point range, also a career best mark. As greater proof of his value to the Wizards, Webster averaged 13.7 points and .512 from three (66-129) in games that Washington won with him in the lineup.
While Webster may have already been in the league eight seasons, he’s still just 26 years old and would be a nice option to keep on the roster. Combining Webster with Bradley Beal will give point guard John Wall options to kick out to for open shots when he drives the lane, and with his height Webster can defend multiple positions when needed.
Their will most likely be competition for Webster’s services this summer, but if the Wizards can make their case to retain him the move would be a wise decision. Webster has some value, and could be a potential starter for this team for years to come.