Martin wastes no time making impression


(John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Martin led the Wizards with 20 points coming off the bench in Friday night’s 97-76 win against Philadelphia, making 8 of 12 shots that included 4 of 7 from three-point range. The former NBA Development League player signed with Washington on March 28.

In his first game, Martin had 10 points and five rebounds, both tops among Wizards’ reserves in a 93-89 road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.

“For a kid that’s been here two days and not knowing what we are doing, I told him don’t learn anything by Sunday,” when the Wizards play Toronto, Coach Randy Wittman said.

Martin had played seven games with the Iowa Energy, the Wizards’ D League affiliate, before coming back to the NBA. He averaged 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds with the Energy this season.

In 2010-11, Martin played 52 games for the Wizards, averaging four points and 1.4 rebounds. He was waived on April 6. The 6-foot-7 swingman also played eight games with Washington during the previous season.

“I had confidence in myself getting back” to the NBA, Martin said . ‘It’s just something you have to go through. D League is a great place and gives guys great opportunities to get a chance to get here.”

Martin’s performance highlighted the many contributions from the Wizards’ reserves against Philadelphia, which was seeking a four-game series sweep of Washington.

Backup center Kevin Seraphin had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and guard Roger Mason came off the bench to make consecutive three-pointers that staked the Wizards to a 35-19 lead in the second quarter.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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