2020-21 Charlotte Hornets Player Review: Caleb Martin

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A product of the Hornets’ player development system, Caleb Martin became a part of the rotation in Charlotte, partly through injury and partly a testament to his work. He played twice as many minutes this season, but saw his efficiency drop drastically.

While he has worked his way into being a piece of the Hornets rotation at times this season, Charlotte’s ambitions as a playoff team may surpass his ability level.

Stat of the Season

818

After playing 317 minutes in his rookie season, Caleb Martin played in 818 minutes his sophomore campaign. He played in almost exactly three times as many games, started three times and scored twice as many points.

Notable quote from exit interview

On difference between rookie and sophomore year …

“I just think with me coming in, I think I just established myself as being able to give a little bit more of the offensive feel when I’m out there. But this year, what we needed for me was energy and to be active.”

Overview

Martin’s role on the 2020-21 version of the Hornets expanded drastically from his rookie year and did not lead to great results. With a small sample size his rookie year, Martin was a very efficient shooter. In a far larger sample size this season, he shot 37.5% from the field, 24.8% from the 3-point line and 64.1% from the free-throw line.

What Martin continued to bring this season was energy. Throughout the season, he was a consistent spark off the bench, whether through his ambitious dunk attempts or hustle plays.

He helped the Hornets to a late-season win against Detroit because of his energy and a big offensive half. However, those offensive contributions were too few and far between.

Outlook

On a non-guaranteed contract next season, Martin’s spot on the team isn’t a given. Martin will be 26 years old entering next season, and, by NBA standards, that’s on the old side when it comes to prospects. At this point, he’s largely who he is as a player. While he may have value in some situations, if Charlotte is to make the leap to a playoff team next season, Martin will either need to make a similarly large leap or be left behind.

Still, as a spark off the bench, there are worse options. On an ideal playoff team that the Hornets want to build, though, he would be much further down the bench than he was this season.

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Regular-season grades for every Charlotte Hornets player