While this past year brought newfound success for the Washington Wizards in the playoffs, the season didn’t go quite as well for Martell Webster.
After signing a new contract in the offseason following a career year in his first campaign with the Wizards, Webster lost his starting spot to Trevor Ariza just months after taking that same role from Ariza toward the end of the prior season. Webster took the move in stride, showing signs during the first two months and ultimately averaging 9.7 points for the season. But all in all, he struggled to find consistency in his shooting, battled nagging injuries and fell prey to lapses on the defensive end.
Here are three numbers from Webster’s 2013-14 season:
Games played by Webster, the third-highest total in a nine-year career marked by back injuries that nearly led him to retire before coming to the Wizards. After taking a hard hit from Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry during a November contest, Webster said his body gave way to several injuries throughout the season. The fact that he managed to play through them and remain mostly positive while coming off the bench bodes well for his ability to fit in with the Wizards’ crowd of perimeter players.
Points averaged by Webster during the final 19 games of the season, including the playoffs, when his minutes dipped to 17.7 per contest. During this stretch, Webster scored in double digits just once, a 10-point performance during Washington’s Game 2 against Chicago in their first-round playoff series. Webster particularly struggled in the Indiana series. He was pulled from the game for passing on an open shot, much to the chagrin of Wizards Coach Randy Wittman, and his defensive struggles surfaced, as the Wizards had a negative net rating of 4.3 when he was on the floor during the playoffs. Granted, some of this can be credited to him playing with the second unit this season.
Average catch-and-shoot attempts from three-point land by Webster. By comparison, Ariza averaged 4.9 per game and was more consistent, hitting 43.5 percent of his tries as opposed to Webster’s 40.2 percent clip. As a result, Ariza also scored more points in catch-and-shoot situations, averaging 6.7 points compared to Webster’s 5.9, according to NBA.com’s Player Tracking Data. As was the case during Webster’s time as the starting small forward, Ariza benefited from playing with John Wall, while Webster’s spot-up shooting ability fell victim to the Wizards’ revolving door of backup point guards.