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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #79 — Cartier Martin

The wing played 10 games for Golden State in his second year.

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On June 25, 2009, the Golden State Warriors drafted Steph Curry. Ten years and 16 days later, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. With that move, Curry moved to second in the NBA for longest tenure with his current team. The only player he sits behind is Udonis Haslem, though that feels like a technicality. At this point, Haslem is essentially an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, having appeared in just 43 games and played fewer than 300 minutes over the last four seasons combined.

During his time in the Bay Area, Curry has had 106 teammates who have appeared in at least one game. Some played in exactly one game, while others played in hundreds. Some never actually played in a game that Curry was active for, while others formed historically great partnerships with him.

And I’m ranking all 106, one a day, over the course of three months.

Players are ranked — and stats are shown — based only on their time as Curry’s teammate. How good/bad they were in other organizations doesn’t matter. How good/bad they were on pre-2009-10 Warriors teams doesn’t matter.

To see all of the rankings thus far, you can click on the “Ranking Steph’s teammates” tag at the top of the article.

#79 — Cartier Martin

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Games: 10 (88th out of 106)
Points per game: 9.0 (T-28th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 4.7 (T-18th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.9 (T-62nd out of 106)

Here’s a fun fact: Cartier Martin has exactly the same points per game average with the Warriors as Draymond Green. But, like so many people near the back of this list, a lot of context is required.

Martin came to the Warriors during the 2009-10 season — Curry’s rookie campaign, and Martin’s second year in the league. The Warriors were atrocious that year, winning just 26 games. Martin signed a pair of 10-day contracts, put up semi-big numbers on a roster sorely lacking in talent, and moved on.

Need further evidence of who he was playing next to while putting up numbers? He started in two games with the Warriors. In the first, his fellow starters were Curry, Corey Maggette, Andris Biedrins, and Anthony Tolliver. In his second, his fellow starters were Curry, Maggette, Biedrins, and Vladimir Radmanovic.

Those are . . . uhh . . . some lineups all right.

Anyway, beyond the flashy per game stats, Martin’s productivity wasn’t great. He was an inefficient scorer, as he shot just 38.6% on twos and 32.3% on threes. He fouled like it was going out of style and struggled on defense. And perhaps most indicting was that the very bad Warriors didn’t want to keep him around.

Still, he had fun moments and was easy to root for. And he’s Steph Curry’s 79th-best Warriors teammate.


What do you think of Cartier Martin’s ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    He was better than #79
    (14 votes)
  • 46%
    #79 is just right
    (31 votes)
  • 31%
    He was worse than #79
    (21 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

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