Wizards Player Profiles: Martell Webster

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Jan 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster (9) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Wizards 92-84. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Mehic:

The Washington Wizards were one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA a couple seasons ago, but as it turns out, Martell Webster would help cure the struggle team of their shooting woes. After the Wizards decided to sign Webster to a one year deal, I honestly didn’t think he’d become much of a contributor. Trevor Ariza, who the team traded for during the off-season, was supposed to become Washington’s go-to small forward, but Webster quickly stole his starting role at the beginning of the season.

Unlike Washington’s surrounding cast, Martell Webster was a major contributor to the team, even though John Wall was still rehabbing the stress injury in his knee. He played acceptable defense, hustled, but most importantly, he knocked down shots from the perimeter on a consistent basis. Once John Wall returned to the lineup, Webster’s job became even easier. Opposing defenses collapsed on Wall’s penetration, while Webster sneaked out to the corner three, which ultimately became a reoccurring experience. Webster emerged as a top shooter in the league along side Wall, and his percentages were comparable to those of Stephen Curry, Steve Novak and Shane Battier. Needless to say, Webster became one of the league’s most reliable three point shooters in the league. Unfortunately, Webster dealt with some nagging injuries to close out the season, which caused his ridiculously high percentages to slip a bit.

 

Webster was arguably the best shooter in the nation’s capital, but he was undoubtedly the most lighthearted guy in the Wizards locker room. John Wall has supposedly already spoken to Wizards management, making it a priority for them to resign Webster during this off-season. His presence on and off the floor is extraordinary. Martell Webster has truly helped change the knucklehead culture which Washington produced.

Grade: A

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