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Martell Webster in 2012-13 with the Wizards: A Freak Occurrence in an Unsettled Atmosphere

Updated: May 17, 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.]

Martell Webster 2012-13 Washington Wizards Player Review

Martell Webster

6-7 : Height
210 lbs. : Weight
26 : Age
8 : Years NBA Experience
3 : NBA Teams

Signed by the Wizards as a free agent Aug. 29, 2012.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

76 : Games
62 : Starts
2,200 : Minutes

1.45 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Webster evaluated over 66 games} 

13.9 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Nick Anderson for the 1996-97 Orlando Magic (13.8)
maybe Ronnie Brewer for the 2010-11 Chicago Bulls (13.8),
maybe Willie Anderson for the 1991-92 San Antonio Spurs (13.8)

.138 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Scottie Pippen for the 1999-00 Portland Trailblazers (.137),
maybe Peja Stojakovic for the 2004-05 Sacramento Kings (.137),
maybe Bob Dandridge for the 1972-73 Milwaukee Bucks (.136)

With Martell Webster on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 4.7 points more per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 1.5 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-0.7

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

14.2 : Points
4.8 : Rebounds
0.3 : Blocks
0.8 : Steals
2.3 : Assists
1.5 : Turnovers
2.7 : Fouls

1.06 PPP

Webster had 806 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 1.06 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 21st in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.87 PPP over 668 possessions, ranked 196th.


44.2% Field Goals (281-636)
42.2% 3-Pointers (139-329)
84.8% Free Throws (168-198)

[stats via and]


Martell Webster in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
A Freak Occurrence in an Unsettled Atmosphere

by Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

Martell Webster is the type of player Ernie Grunfeld has spent years attempting to acquire, but never with much success. When signed by the Wizards, Webster appeared to be a traditional Grunfeld “value pickup,” a guy who came out in a slightly glutted free agent market and had been too dinged up in the recent past to take more than a flyer on. These types of moves had worked before to some degree (see: Stevenson, DeShawn) or had been semi-spectacular failures (see: Yi Jianlian—traded for, not a FA, but you get the point). At most, the Wizards were hoping to get a guy who could sop up the minutes that Trevor Ariza wasn’t taking and provide a safety valve in case Chris Singleton didn’t work out.

However, a funny thing happened on the way to the lottery. Webster not only blew up during the season, setting career-highs in just about every category, but he also displaced the incumbent starter, Ariza, when it became painfully aware that effort from Ariza would only come in fits and starts. Webster also became the go-to quote in the locker room in the early season after excruciating losses and the rare victory. However, there was a difference between Webster’s “on the record” exhortations and those of former Wizards spokesmen, such as Josh Howard or the “Captain” Andray Blatche. Webster, for one, was more in tune with the dynamic of his team and spoke of each situation in a realistic manner that provided ballast, unlike the ridiculous proclamations of players like Blatche, who would still be talking about playoffs after a fifth straight regular season-loss. Unlike Howard, Webster could get better effort out of his teammates because he was actually on the court playing. Thus, if he called out a poor effort, he was putting the blame squarely on himself and the team rather than deflecting it. He became both a media and fan-favorite, all through the strength of playing within himself and within Randy Wittman’s system.

The return of John Wall only reinforced Webster’s value to the team. Webster, in only one season, was everything that Nick Young wasn’t during his entire time with the Wizards. Webster, like Young, could hit the corner spot up 3-pointer that John Wall loves to initiate, but he could also keep the ball moving and help facilitate the offense. For a player essentially playing for a huge payday, Webster never became the black hole that he had every opportunity to morph into, and he rarely complained when he was lifted for defensive purposes for the more frenetic Ariza.

Now comes the difficult question, what are the above contributions worth to the Washington Wizards? Webster is somewhere between a stopgap solution at the wing and the long-term solution that the Wizards desperately need. However, to not resign him would be be another shot across the bow of Wizards fans. For Wizards diehards, not re-signing Webster would be a crime akin to not re-signing James Singleton or other hardworking players—only magnified by a multiple of a thousand. Of course, there is also the distinct possibility that Webster could become another Stevenson, great for one year before returning to the norm. The problem with having a breakout year after quite a few years in the league is that the term “outlier” begins to get thrown around a lot. (Even if Webster has seemingly overcome back issues in Washington.) The Wizards may have already mined all the gold from Webster and to re-sign him would be to expect lighting to strike twice.

At the end of the day, Webster serves as a potent example of how poor the Wizards’ player development system has been and how much of a desperate situation they have put themselves in by only signing him for one year (even if they didn’t really have a choice otherwise). Webster himself suggested that the Wizards trade their upcoming pick for another veteran, knowing full well his value to the team and that the only positional depth in the draft is a strong forward. Without any young Wizards ready to step up, and with Washington’s recent draft history, one has to hope that Grunfeld goes out into a thunderstorm with a kite.

Unveiling the Wizard

[Pre-Feast: Okafor, Webster & Nene – via instagram/martellwebster]

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean has contributed to TAI since the the dawn of Jan Vesely and has been on the Wizards beat since 2008. His work has been featured on ESPN, Yahoo and He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.