H: 6' 6"|
W: 218 lbs
(31 Years Old)
|RSCI: 54||Agent: Andrew Vye |
High School: Nimitz
Hometown: Houston, TX
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2007||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 4.5"||6' 6.5"||218||6' 10"||8' 7.5"||5.6||27.0||29.5|
|2007||Portsmouth||6' 5.5"||6' 7"||224||6' 10.25"||NA||NA||NA||NA|
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January 9, 2010
Though Cartier Martin didnít explode for a big performances like Alade Aminu did, he was solid all weekend and helped his team win both of their gamesóearning himself a call-up to the Golden State Warriors along the way. One of the top forwards in the D-League, Martin appears to have rounded back into form after returning to the Energy following a brief stint in Italy. Shooting the ball extremely well in his teamís first win, Martin had one of the stronger performances of day two and showed well again in day four.
Aggressively attacking the rim, Martin was very effective from the get go, scoring 12 points in his first frame in Boise and hitting all five of the free throws he created. A major threat to make shots from deep, Martin shows a solid first step, and never hesitated to initiate contact on his way to the rim. With his dribble drive established, Martin proceeded to knock down a catch and shoot three in transition, a spinning fade-away jumper from 18-feet, and a leaner in the lane after beating his man in a called isolation. In the second half, Martin played a total of six minutes, drawing a charge and getting to the line as the first man down the floor in transition. A solid athlete with a good understanding of Iowaís half court sets, Martin looked extremely comfortable scoring today on his way to 18 points in his 21 minutes.
In the second game, Martin wasnít nearly as productive, as a scrappy Bakersfield team nearly ousted the Energy, who currently own the best record in the D-League. A coachable player who is willing to put his body on the line, Martin still scored 17 points, but only shot 7-17 from the field. Despite the sub-par shooting performance, he still showed a high energy level on the defensive end. Heís not a shut down defender, but he plays within the team concept, shows active hands, and will put himself in harmís way to draw charges. Couple those attributes with his offensively ability and tenure with the Bobcats last season, and itís very obvious why Golden State opted to give him a 10-day contract as soon as Anthony Randolph went down with an injury.
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Orlando Pre-Draft Camp: Day Two
May 30, 2007
Despite always producing and owning some solid tools as a 6í7, relatively athletic perimeter player, Martin has never really emerged on the draft radar. Todayís quiet performance certainly wonít change that, as the only time he did anything of note was when he was missing 3-pointers. The form looks fantastic, but the shots just werenít falling today. And the problem for Martin is finding a way to contribute other than just the outside jumper. He has a nice frame and should be able to do some damage down low, but really didnít assert himself anywhere. His attempts to show off guard skills usually didnít end well, as he never seemed to click with backcourt mates James and Cook. He is somewhat of a tweener on the defensive end, as his footspeed leaves a bit to be desired and he certainly isnít big enough to defend the post. There are two more games for Martin to get hot and impress, but he would be better served to show that he can contribute in more ways than just shooting.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 2/7/07-- Part One
February 7, 2007
It has been an up and down season for Cartier Martin this year, who returned to school after scoring 18ppg last season and shooting over 40% from three. Martin was happy last spring when Bob Huggins was hired, but he was booted off the team over the summer. He was allowed to come back to the team during the fall, but he has been coming off the bench this season. Despite the fact that he isnít starting, Martin still gets major minutes. His points per game this season have dropped by 3, and his rebounds by 2 this season, however.
When it comes to the NBA, Martin has one skill that scouts really covet- his ability to shoot the set three pointer with good accuracy. He has done this in the past at a high percentage, and rarely are any of his shots forced. He also has good size for a small forward in the NBA, and his frame is good as well. Martin has displayed the ability to slash a little previously in his career as well.
To prove that he is an NBA player, Martin will have to show that he is more than just a one dimensional shooter. He has played power forward throughout his college career, and that shows in his ball handling ability. When it comes to athleticism and quickness, he also appears to be lacking the ideal amount to play in the NBA. Though Martinís shot is deadly at the college level, his release may be a little slow for the NBA, and it sometimes takes him a while to set himself. Most of the shots he takes are set 3-pointers, so itís hard to tell if he has the ability to shoot off a couple dribbles, or on the move off of screens. Despite the fact that his three point shooting percentage is over 36% on the season, he started out the year very slow and has only started to really heat up lately.
Martin has done a good job stepping up his game recently. To help him get drafted, he will need to go into Portsmouth and prove that he can get his shot off quickly enough for the NBA. If he can do this and prove that his lack of athleticism will not be too much of a hindrance, he is the type of player who could have a career as a shooting specialist in the NBA.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12 (Part Three: #11-#15)
November 1, 2006
After an injury plagued sophomore year, Kansas State forward Cartier Martin quietly put in an outstanding junior season. He emerged as his team's go-to scorer, and was able contribute in a variety of ways. Martin scored an efficient 18 ppg last year, is a legit 6'8 and has physical attributes to become a full-time perimeter player in the NBA. Nonetheless, the draft hype on the K-State senior is almost nonexistent. Part of this can be attributed to Martin playing in Manhattan, but with Bob Huggins in town this year will offer a career's worth of time in the spotlight if Martin is up to the task.
As underexposed as Martin has been, the other reason for the lack of hype is the role he played in former coach Jim Wooldridge's system. While Martin can certainly be classified as a pure SF, his position a season ago was much more ambiguous. Kansas State was very thin in the frontcourt, and while Wooldridge made do on the offensive end with a smaller lineup, Martin ended up guarding opposing power forwards most of the time. He would put his quickness advantage to good use, playing the role of weakside helper and anticipator quite well. At the same time, it isn't very clear how effective Martin will be at checking perimeter players in the NBA.
Furthermore, Martin didn't exactly play a purely perimeter role on the offensive end. Wooldridge was able to create mismatches with his smaller lineups, and often ran Martin off screens as a decoy when he was defended by a bigger player. Martin was very comfortable in this role, needing a bit of space to get his shot off but consistently knocking down outside shots when post defenders didn't venture outside to guard him. Sometimes Martin struggles to stay balanced when his shots are contested, but the release point is high and he gets good elevation. On the season, Martin shot nearly 47% from the field and almost 43% from beyond the arc.
Primarily coming off screens and working to extend the defense, Martin didn't get much of a chance to display his ball skills. He rarely attempted anything all that flashy as a slasher, let alone breaking someone down off the dribble. Martin is an excellent athlete for his size and has a developed body for a SF, but doesn't exactly look like a guard out there. His ball skills are somewhat untested, but probably need some improving before he is ready for a shot at the league.
It should also be mentioned that while some players in this mold way too often attempt to be something they aren't and force their perimeter offense, Martin is a very patient and team-oriented offensive player. It is very difficult to find an instance of Martin taking a bad shot last season. Instead, Martin waits for those perimeter shooting opportunities to develop within the offense and finds other ways to produce closer to the basket. He does a great job of identifying and cutting into weak spaces in the defense, and with his athleticism and long arms it doesn't take him long to get the ball to the rim once he receives it in an opportunistic position.
So where does this leave Martin as an NBA prospect? It leaves him in need of a big senior year under Bob Huggins. Things got off on the wrong foot when Martin was suspended for a violation of team rules over the offseason, but the senior has recently been reinstated as a Wildcat. Huggins did a good job of developing larger wings at Cincy, but it doesn't appear that Martin will get the chance to show off his guard skills much more than he did a season ago. The Wildcats are even more shallow in the frontcourt this year, while they are stacked at the wing. The midseason addition of Bill Walker will only complicate things even more. In short, expect to see plenty of Martin at PF again this year.
So despite Martin's meeting positional requirements in terms of size and athleticism, it isn't clear whether his future lies at the highest level. His length, body type, outside shooting, and team-oriented approach make Cartier Martin a fine NBA role-player candidate, but the Kansas State senior must somehow prove to scouts that he has the skill and feel to play on the perimer full time.
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