Martell Webster (born December 4, 1986) is a former American professional basketball player who played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The sixth player taken in the 2005 NBA draft, Webster played for Portland, Minnesota and Washington between 2005 and 2015. His best season came in 2012–13 when he started 62 games for the Wizards and averaged 11.4 points per game.
Webster shooting a jumpshot for the Wizards in 2013
|Born||December 4, 1986|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Seattle Preparatory School|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Number||8, 23, 5, 9|
|2005–2010||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2006||→Fort Worth Flyers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Webster was listed as the No. 4 shooting guard and the No. 5 player in the nation in 2005. He had made a commitment to the University of Washington, but opted to go prep-to-pro.
Portland Trail Blazers (2005–2010)Edit
Webster was selected by the Blazers with the sixth pick in the 2005 NBA draft after the Blazers' traded their third pick to the Utah Jazz just hours before the draft. He was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League by the Blazers in January 2006, and in doing so became highest-drafted player (6th overall) to be assigned to the D-League until Hasheem Thabeet. He later returned to the Portland Trail Blazers in February 2006. He scored a season-high 26 points in a January 5, 2008 win over the Utah Jazz, with 24 of them scored in the third quarter. He is one of the last ever high school players to be chosen in an NBA draft due to new draft eligibility rules introduced in 2006. In October 2008, Webster signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension.
On February 20, 2009, it was announced by Trail Blazers athletic trainer Jay Jensen that Webster would likely miss the rest of the 2008–09 NBA season with a left foot injury, having only played 5 minutes during the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–2012)Edit
Webster underwent back surgery in October 2010 and missed nearly half the 2010–11 NBA season, leading Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn to charge the Trail Blazers with failure to adequately disclose a known injury. Another back surgery followed in September 2011, limiting Webster to just 47 games for the Wolves in the 2011–12 season. In spring 2013 Kahn's complaint was reportedly settled by the Blazers for $1.5 million just before the matter was brought to a formal hearing before the NBA. It was said to be among the largest cash settlements in such a case. Both teams were sworn to secrecy about the exact terms of the deal, according to basketball journalist Henry Abbott of ESPN.
On July 13, 2012, Webster was waived by the Timberwolves.
Washington Wizards (2012–2015)Edit
He signed with the Washington Wizards on August 29, 2012, on a one-year, $1.6 million contract. On March 16, 2013, Webster scored a career-high 34 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns, also tying another career-high with seven three-pointers.
On July 10, 2013, Webster re-signed with the Wizards. In 2014–15, Webster missed the first 30 games of the season after he underwent surgery in June 2014 to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He was ruled out for three to five months, as he returned to action on December 30, 2014 against the Dallas Mavericks.
On November 20, 2015, Webster was ruled out for the 2015–16 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair the labrum and damaged cartilage in his right hip. He was subsequently waived by the Wizards ten days later.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Webster's mother, Cora McGuirk, disappeared in 1990, when he was four years old. Although her body was never found, Gary Ridgway, known as the "Green River Killer", a serial killer who murdered dozens of women and girls in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s, is thought to be responsible for killing her.
His cousin is NBA veteran Jason Terry.
In 2015, Webster co-founded EYRST, an independent record label focusing on hip hop, based in Portland, Oregon. He released his first mixtape, ARTT, on July 14, 2016, and his first EP on August 12, 2016, entitled Emerald District, which was produced by Seattle hip hop producer Jake One.
- "Martell Webster Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "Jazz get No. 3 overall pick from Blazers in trade". USAToday.com. June 28, 2005. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "NBA Affiliates In Review". NBA.com. August 13, 2007. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "Webster scores 24 third-quarter points in Blazers' blowout". ESPN.com. January 5, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "Agent: Trail Blazers sign swingman Webster to 4-year extension". ESPN.com. October 31, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- Quick, Jason (February 20, 2009). "Blazers' Martell Webster likely out for rest of regular season". OregonLive.com. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
- Quick, Jason (January 23, 2010). "Blazers' Portland 97, Detroit 93: Blazers Keep Defying the Odds". OregonLive.com. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- "Blazers stop Pistons despite having only eight players". Associated Press. January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- "2010 NBA draft: Washington Wizards select John Wall at No. 1 - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. June 25, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- Abbott, Henry (May 3, 2013). "The resolution of the Martell Webster dispute". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Golliver, Ben (May 3, 2013). "Abbott: Blazers Paid Off Timberwolves In Dispute Over Martell Webster". BlazersEdge.com. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- "Timberwolves waive Martell Webster". ESPN.com. July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
- "Washington Wizards sign Martell Webster". InsideHoops.com. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "Wizards Re-Sign Martell Webster". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- Whitacre, Jake (June 27, 2014). "Martell Webster to miss 3-5 months after back surgery". BulletsForever.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Martell Webster 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "WEBSTER UNDERGOES HIP PROCEDURE". WizardsToday.MonumentalNetwork.com. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "WIZARDS WAIVE WEBSTER, SIGN HOLLINS". WizardsToday.MonumentalNetwork.com. November 30, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
- "Pelicans Announce 2017 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- Kosel, Oleh (September 30, 2017). "Martell Webster cuts NBA comeback attempt short, announces retirement on social media". thebirdwrites.com. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
- "PLU's Conti plays an old-school style". TheNewsTribune.com. January 10, 2012. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- Goldner, Brandon (July 14, 2016). "Martell Webster's ARTT is Honest, Quality Hip Hop". BlazersEdge.com. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
- Moore, Jenni (August 10, 2016). "Sneaker Wave". PortlandMercury.com. Retrieved February 4, 2017.