Wizards Player Profiles: Cartier Martin


Apr 12, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; A Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman (l) talks to Wizards power forward Cartier Martin (20) in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center. The 76ers won 97-86. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cartier Martin has played professional basketball throughout the entire world, but I think it is safe to say that he has finally found himself at home in Washington D.C.

The Wizards brought Martin back with the club on a one year deal after he averaged a career high 9.3 points per game in 2012. Martin isn’t the type of player the franchise will develop, with hopes of him one day becoming a starter. Truthfully, I’m not sure Martin is even good enough to play within the rotation on a consistent basis. Cartier Martin is what he is.

After injuries plagued the Wizards and Jordan Crawford was ousted to Boston, Martin’s playing time increased significantly. His production was similar to that of the prior season. Martin finished the season averaging nearly 7 points per game, while shooting a career high 39% from three point territory. He’s not the greatest shooter to ever grace an NBA floor, but he’s still pretty good. Good shooters have become a commodity in the league, especially for teams such as the Wizards which struggle mightily from an offensive standpoint. His defense remains suspect, but Martin has always put forth great effort. Even though he’s been in and out of the lineup, he has managed to stay ready for whenever called upon.

And that’s where it basically ends for Cartier Martin. He’s an average basketball player who has found himself a home with the Washington Wizards. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent this off season, but I expect the Wizards to bring Martin back with the team. He has always expressed his interest in remaining with the team, and it wont hurt bringing him back. Even at Martin’s caliber, shooters are always needed.

Grade: C