(Editor's Note: I don't know if you know this, but the Grizzlies had a lot of players this year. Like...more than any team ever. After taking volunteers to do player evaluations from the staff, I still had to farm some of these out to outside sources. Today's review has been written by Sharon Brown @FoxxyShyD from All Heart In Hoop City)
Jarell Martin spent most of the season rehabbing from his foot surgery and going back and forth the D-League and the big club. Martin was selected as the 25th pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Martin probably wouldn’t have played any last season had not it been for the plethora of injuries that were bestowed upon the Grizzlies. He played in 27 games in the regular season for the Grizzlies averaging 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field.
Martin scored a career high 17 points against the Houston Rockets on March 14. Martin has an ability to draw fouls and get to the free throw line.
He’s quick on his feet. LeBron James knows all about that after the block from no where, but of course Martin was called for the foul.
LeBron is probably spending halftime Googling who Jarell Martin is and approving edits to Batman-related social posts— Kevin Lipe (@FlyerGrizBlog) March 8, 2016
Martin also played in two games in the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs, in which he was in the top 40 in contested shots per game and top 15 in deflections per game.
This kid just impressed me from game to game. He uses his body to defend well on the block and has restricted some bigs in the process.
Unfortunately for Martin his season ended as it began. He missed the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing a procedure to alleviate pain in his left foot.
Martin respects Zach Randolph and has great chemistry with JaMychal Green. Kevin Lipe from the Memphis Flyer caught up with Martin before a Grizzlies practice in early April.
KL: Obviously Zach is one of the great big men in the game. What's that been like? How much have you learned from him?
JM: Man. I love Zach's game. I really watch his game and study it and try to take pointers from him. And really work on my face up and learn from him, and the way he takes his time and uses his jab to perfection.
KL: You've also been playing a lot of minutes with JaMychal Green. You guys have got a little bit of chemistry going lately. What makes him easy to play with for you?
JM: When there's two guys out there who work their butts off, the chemistry will be there. We both just run the floor hard, and we're young guys who want to show this organization what we can do. We want to be those energy guys coming off the bench. It's great when me and JaMychal are in the game. We just battle real hard.
I believe Martin will one day be a stud in the league. Hopefully, he can improve on his rebounding and continue to use his body. Zbo has been a great mentor to him and a guy he can continue to learn from to develop his skills.
This kid just can flat out hustle. It was telling in the interview with Lipe, Martin mentioned about the lack of playing time for the young guys. Hopefully, the new head coach of the Grizzlies can change that culture and give the young guys a chance. Martin has proven he can play with the big boys and shouldn’t be relegated to the D-League.