The season is over for the Atlanta Hawks, so we will now take a look at each player on the roster and give them grades for different categories — Cartier Martin is up.
Cartier Martin is a six year veteran swingman who the Hawks brought in for a relief role this season, and the low risk move paid off. Although he wasn’t exactly an all-star, Martin proved to be serviceable throughout the season, and even knocked down some crucial shots for the Hawks.
He did get let go during the season and played six games for the Chicago Bulls (that’s almost as many as Derrick Rose), but the Hawks brought him back and Martin appeared in 53 games for the birds, including six starts.
So how did Martin perform in a limited role for Atlanta? Let’s take a look:
Martin proved to be a nice option from beyond the arc for the Hawks this season, as he shot 38 percent from three-point range in an Atlanta uniform. He wasn’t brought in for his ball handling or play-making ability, so given what his role was, Martin was decent on the offensive end of the court. He averaged 5.9 points and 2 rebounds on the season in 15.5 minutes per game this season. Martin shot 41 percent from the field overall. He gets a C+ because of his limited role, but I wouldn’t call his offense a weakness by any stretch.
Martin wasn’t exactly DeMarre Carroll, but he was one of the better wing defenders off the bench for Atlanta this season. There were stretches where he was asked to guard the opponent’s best player, and he performed at a serviceable level. It’s hard to put a grade on his defense because of little playing time, but the fact that a bench wing could come in and be a “3 and D” guy is a positive.
Martin certainly had the best haircut on the Hawks, and that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Although Dennis Schröder was trying that Hasheem Thabeet afro-patch thing, Martin’s dreads would bounce when he was on the court, giving him the edge.
Cartier Martin wasn’t the sixth man for the Hawks, but it is safe to say he was a key member of the bench during the 2013-14 season. Had he appeared in more games and received more minutes, his numbers and impact could have been greater. The Hawks seem to be looking to draft some help on the wing, and with Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll and John Jenkins being contributors next season, Martin could be wearing a new uniform this fall. He could be an option as a 10-day contract if injuries hit the Hawks again.