Today marks the final day of Martell Webster’s time as a Washington Wizard. The Wizards officially waved Webster for 31 year-old center Ryan Hollins. Hollins should come in and help the Wizards who are really struggling at the backup center position with Nene currently dealing with an injury to his calf, and having shown plenty of injury concerns throughout his career. Dejuan Blair has been horrendous this season, averaging 0.8 points on 14% shooting, 2.8 rebounds, and 8.5 minutes in six games this season. It has also been pretty clear that Kris Humphries can’t play the 5 position in our offense as well. Hopefully 7’0″ Hollins can step in an provide the Wizards with valuable rebounds and defense in spot minutes this year.
Coming to Washington in 2012 Webster helped the team stay afloat somewhat in his first season here, playing 78 games and starting 62 of them, while averaging a career high 11.4 points and 42% from 3 point range. The Wizards rewarded Webster with a four-year $22 million contract after his great play. After putting up decent numbers backing up Trevor Ariza in 2013-14, Webster’s last season was marred by an injury to his back, which held him to 32 games played. This season a hip injury caused Webster to miss the preseason, and surgery on a torn hip labrum on November 20th led to the end of Webster’s career in Washington.
When Webster was healthy he was a valuable piece to the team, providing excellent three-point shooting when seemingly no one else on the team could. Webster seemed to be a fun guy in the locker room and was one of the more well-respected and liked players on the team. He even unveiled “The Wizard”.
Wizards fans should have seen this coming for the last year, with both his injuries piling up, and the offseason acquisitions of Gary Neal and Alan Anderson foreshadowing it. As a farewell to Webster we have his two highest scoring games as a Wizard, including a career-high 34, and his dunk on the Greak Freek.
Webster’s Top Highlights as a Wizard
Prior to this season there was talk of him retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season when his contract expires. With this latest injury it seems extremely likely that Webster has played his final game in the NBA. If so, hopefully the free time can help Webster to launch his music career.