Wizards showing what they're capable of with Wall
By Michael Huberman
In the midst of the Wizards’ recent revival, much of the attention has been focused on the return of John Wall and rookie Bradley Beal’s improvement.
But lost in the shuffle, has been the play of Martell Webster.
Almost across the board, Webster’s numbers have improved in January. He’s averaging 11.6 points per game to go along with 2.6 assists per game. His shooting numbers have also improved, as he’s shooting 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.
Signed this offseason to a one-year, $1.6 million contract, Webster has been a pleasant surprise all year for the Wizards, showing some of the potential the Blazers saw when they took the Seattle native with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 Draft. Through 41 games, he’s set career highs in free throw percentage (86 percent), and assists (1.9) and rebounds (4.0) per game. Webster’s advanced stats are also impressive, as he’s set career-highs in PER rating at 13.4, and true shooting percentage at 59 percent.
Webster’s putting up the best numbers of his (still) young career and with his contract set to expire at the end of year, has put himself in good position as heads to free agency.
Whether he re-signs with Washington is yet to be seen, but for now Webster has carved himself an important role with a suddenly surging Wizards team.