With the 25th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies have taken sophomore forward Jarell Martin. Martin has prototypical size and athleticism for an NBA power forward with a blossoming offensive game.
Martin can score in a variety of ways, whether that be on post-ups, the dribble-drive or pick-and-pop. Martin improved immensely in his second season at LSU, with each statistical average increasing significantly. Martin has above-average speed and strength, allowing him to run the open floor and finish with ease past opposing power forwards.
However, Martin’s wingspan falls short of 6-10, which will hurt his ability to finish in the lane against NBA competition and as a help-side shot blocker. He’s a jack-of-all-trades, master of none type player, and will need to develop an elite skill to help him make a roster. His three-point shot worsened as a sophomore, as he shot only 26.9 percent, down from 33.3 percent as a freshman.
Martin has the look of a backup NBA power forward. His explosiveness, handle and improving offensive game show signs of a pretty solid all-around power forward. If Martin improves his jump shot and is paired with a defensive-minded backup center, he could be an impact player off the bench for 8-10 years down the line, and he’ll provide depth in Memphis.
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2014-15 stats: 16.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg (50.9 FG%, 26.9 3P%, 69.0 FT%)