Heading into the summer, teams begin deciding whether or not to bring back their guys that are set to hit the open market. One of the key free agents this summer for the Washington Wizards is a rather unpredictable player – at least he used to be. With the Minnesota Timberwolves, Martell Webster often drove fans crazy night in and night out. Last year with Washington, however, Webster improved significantly.
In the 2012 season, Webster averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Compared to last year with the Wolves, Webster raised his scoring by 4.5 points per game and also shot the ball two percent better from the field.
The biggest improvement shooting-wise came from beyond the arc where last year he shot a mediocre 33.9 percent. This past season, Webster upped that to 42.2 percent – an enormous improvement.
Without much consistency in Washington, Webster was a guy they could count on to give them double digit scoring. It’s quite possible he needed a change of scenery to thrive a bit more as an NBA veteran. With the Wizards and point guard John Wall running the show, he definitely did just that.
Webster’s salary last year was about $1.6 million – a pretty cheap contract for a productive role player. This summer, the Wizards would be smart to bring him back if they can grab him at a similar deal. Keeping the core together that performed well towards the end of the year will be important for the future success of the Wizards.
It is clear that Webster is much more confident with the Wizards, especially as a starter. If Washington would like to continue to build on the positives they saw in the second half of the season, bringing him back will be a great step in that direction.