Cartier Back. (And why Martin is immediately the Wizards’ best 3-point shooter)
[Cartier Martin gets a shove from Kevin Garnett – photo: K. Weidie, via this post]
Cartier Martin just signed a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards, and he is already their best 3-point shooter (with apologies to Trevor Booker).
You see, Cook Book is shooting 50-percent from deep this year, but he’s only taken two 3-pointers, and neither were of the traditional variety, rather very long distance attempts in late clock situations. (Booker hit a 35-footer right before halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers at home.)
Otherwise, Roger Mason leads the Wizards, shooting 36.9-percent from deep on 103 attempts. (The departed Nick Young would technically lead Washington with 37.1-percent from deep on 197 attempts.) Mo Evans, who has seen just 200 minutes in 17 games, is currently second on the team with 34.5-percent on 29 attempts, rookie Shelvin Mack is shooting 33.3-percent on 36 attempts, and rookie Chris Singleton is shooting 32.6-percent on 92 attempts. Jordan Crawford leads the Wizards in 3-point attempts with 205, but is shooting just 28.6-percent on those.
Back to the Cartier affair… In 542 minutes over 52 games with the Wizards last season, he shot 39.4-percent on 99 3-point attempts.
From late-November to mid-February, Martin played 30 games for the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. In those games, he averaged 26.3 points in 34.1 minutes, while shooting 49.6-percent from the field, 37-percent from the 3-point line, and 81.7-percent from the free-throw line. In seven games more recently with the Iowa Energy of the D-League, Martin went 15-for-27 from deep (55.5-percent).
So, not only does it seem like Cartier is ready to continue his shooting touch, but with 6-foot-7 in height, he’s ready to do it better than anyone currently on the Wizards’ roster while possessing the tools to be a decent defender (at least better than Mason). Most importantly, Cartier is the ultimate team player and a genuinely nice guy.
For the catch-up rundown on Cartier, please read this profile piece I wrote about him on July 21, 2010 at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, as well as this excellent in-depth analysis from TAI’s John Converse Townsend that same summer.
Cartier back, y’all.