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Cartier Martin in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Last Gasp for the Good Guy

Updated: May 9, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Cartier Martin

6-7 : Height
220 lbs. : Weight
28 : Age
5 : Years NBA Experience
3 : NBA Teams

Signed by the Wizards as a free agent on Mar. 28, 2012.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

41 : Games
3 : Starts
694 : Minutes

1.71 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Martin evaluated over 12 games} 

9.7 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Mike Miller for the 2010-11 Miami Heat (9.7),
maybe James Jones for the 2011-12 Miami Heat (9.7)

.047 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Harvey Grant for the 1998-99 Philadelphia 76ers (.047),
maybe Fabulous Fabricio Oberto for the 2009-10 Washington Wizards  (.047)

With Cartier Martin on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 0.9 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 0.5 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-3.3

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

14.0 : Points
5.2 : Rebounds
0.3 : Blocks
1.0 : Steals
1.0 : Assists
1.7 : Turnovers
3.0 : Fouls

0.91 PPP

Martin had 297 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.91 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 210th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.94 PPP over 158 possessions, ranked 365th in the league.


38.1% Field Goals (96-252)
39.7% 3-Pointers (58-146)
71.4% Free Throws (20-28)


Cartier Martin in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
Last Gasp for the Good Guy

by Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

When the official announcement came last summer that Cartier Martin would be brought back for the 2012-13 campaign on a one year deal, it was universally well-received in the Wizards community. Martin is a likable player who can shoot the rock, and fans applauded the team for rewarding Martin’s solid contributions in 17 games at end of 2011-12. (The same couldn’t be said about the Wizards’ handling of James Singleton, who had a higher salary threshold than what the team was willing to offer.) Martin was on his second stint in Washington, bouncing from the D-League and China (during the lockout-shortened season) in the interim. The Wizards could always use more long-range specialists, and after Martin lost much of his money in a Ponzi scheme constructed by his AAU coach (who since committed suicide), it was easy to root for Martin. The hope was that the stability of a guaranteed deal would allow him to blossom. Unfortunately, his season never panned out that way. Martin’s season was defined by inconsistent minutes, streaky shooting, the inability to harness any midrange game, mental lapses, especially on defense, and an inopportune injury setback.

He started the season buried on bench until breaking out in Dallas on November 14, 2012. He caught fire during the fourth quarter and almost single-handedly brought the Wizards back with four 3-point field goals. But his playing time fluctuated along with his marksmanship, and he never seized a spot in the rotation. One of Martin’s better games before the end of 2012 came when he contributed 21 points and eight rebounds in a December home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

On the same day that Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III tore his ACL against the Seattle Seahawks, Martin hyper-extended his left knee against the Heat in Miami. The injury cost him two months. Upon his return, he mostly saw spot duty before starting the final three games of the season. The highlight of his season was a career-high 23 points at Golden State in late March, with 18 of those points coming on 3-pointers.

Martin appeared in 41 contests, averaging 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 16.9 minutes per game. He connected on 58 3-pointers out of 146 for a commendable average of 39.7 percent (41.9 percent from the corner, 38.8 percent above the break). Going deeper into his shooting numbers is where it gets uglier. His overall Field Goal Percentage was 38.1 percent but dips to 35.8 percent on 2-point field goals. On shots from 3-to-18 feet, Martin came in at 32 percent, and he missed half his attempts at the rim (11-22). His Offensive Rating finished at 95, down 14 points from his last two seasons with Wizards. His turnover percentage (10.8) also saw a significant bump. Metrics rating Martin’s defense, 104 Defensive Rating and 0.9 Defensive Win Shares, were career-highs, but they also might be more indicative of the team’s defensive success than his individual contributions. Martin was often in the wrong place on the court, and often to the audible disgust of Coach Randy Wittman.

Martin’s time with the Wizards is likely done. Wittman says he wants guys who can defend, and Martin does not necessarily qualify. He did not improve enough to capitalize on a fair chance, and that is just how the NBA shakes out sometimes. Not to say he can’t parlay shooting almost 40 percent from 3 into another NBA gig, but he’ll have to fight his way there.

Cartier is a good dude, always smiling, and has been a joy to be around. I wish him well and … hope that he can finally settle on a better hair style.


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Adam McGinnis
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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.