Looking back on who the Charlotte Hornets got this past offseason, both Martin brothers were steals.
As we review what the Charlotte Hornets did last year in the offseason, the team clearly got some steals. In the NBA, it’s not often that you find players who give 110% effort while providing a lot of production.
When Cody Martin was drafted last year, I did not know a lot about him. Since he’s started playing for Charlotte, he has become one of my favorite players on the team. His averages might not show it yet, but he’s played magnificent basketball.
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So far this season, Cody Martin has averaged 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. While appearing in 48 games for Charlotte, he’s also had the chance to start in three games.
However, his brother Caleb Martin has also been putting in a lot of work for the Hornets. Caleb had to spend the majority of the season in the G-League before getting his official roster spot on the Hornets.
Before being sent to the Hornets from the Greensboro Swarm, Caleb was the best player on his G-League team, averaging 21.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. While with the Hornets, Caleb has averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
When the NBA suspended its regular season, both Martin brothers were coming off impressive performances. In recent weeks, both of them have received increased amounts of minutes.
In their past ten games, both brothers averaged 22+ minutes per game. The increased amount of playing time has proven how much Coach James Borrego values them.
In terms of defense, both players have proven that they have a high level of awareness. Both brothers have constantly stolen inbound passes by other teams, and they’ve been able to fill passing lanes efficiently.
Cody Martin is currently the 13th ranked rookie in total steals with 39, while Caleb Martin is ranked 38th with 12 steals. Caleb Martin might not have as many steals as Cody, but Caleb has also played about 600 fewer minutes than his brother.
In the Hornets’ previous 20-point comeback win over the Miami Heat, both Martin brothers were a big reason why Charlotte won. As a starter, Cody Martin finished with a +/- rating of +8, while Caleb finished with a rating of +15 off the bench.
Both of these players have a lot of value, and their constant improvement is going to keep them in Charlotte. If the NBA allows teams to finish their regular season schedules, it will be exciting to watch how these two finish the season.