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Martell Webster (born December 4, 1986 in Edmonds, Washingtonmarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. The 6' 7" (2.01 m), 235 lbs (107 kg) small forwardshooting guard was nicknamed "The Definition" as a play on his surname (popularized by Webster's Dictionary), given to him by a personal friend. Webster is the cousin of Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks.

High school

  • At Seattle Preparatory Schoolmarker, he averaged 27.1 ppg., 10.0 rpg. and 2.0 apg. as a senior. Webster finished the summer strong, after returning from a foot injury that wiped out a good portion of his junior season.
  • Missed most of junior season (2003–04) with an injury. Partially chipped a bone in his foot and stretched some tendons during an open gym session in the pre-season.
  • Led his team to a division championship at the Big Time and put up 18.6 points a game as a sophomore for Seattle Prep.
  • Competed for Seattle Prep as a freshman averaging 15.2 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game and as a sophomore averaging 19.2 points per game, 10.9 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
  • Competed in the summer for Friends of Hoop Seattle.
  • Signed to play for the University of Washingtonmarker Huskies, but did not actually play there, opting to declare for the NBA draft instead.

Professional career

Webster was selected by the Blazers with the sixth pick in the 2005 NBA Draft after the Blazers' traded down their third pick to the Utah Jazz just hours before the draft. He was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League by the Blazers in January 2006, and in doing so became highest drafted player (6th overall) to be assigned to the D-League. He later returned to the Portland Trail Blazers in February 2006. He scored a career-high 26 points in a January 5, 2008 win over the Utah Jazz, with 24 of them scored in the third quarter. He is one of the last ever high school lottery picks to be chosen in an NBA Draft due to new draft eligibility rules introduced in 2006. In October 2008, Webster signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension. On February 20, 2009, it was announced by Trail Blazers athletic trainer Jay Jensen that Webster would likely miss the rest of the 2008–09 NBA season with a left foot injury, having only played 5 minutes during the season.

National notes

  • Selected for the 2005 McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game West Team.
  • Selected for the 2005 Jordan Classic Home Team.
  • Named to USA Today's 2004–05 Pre-Season Super 25 and was ranked among USA Today's eight Top Juniors.
  • Named in 2004 as one of eight Top Juniors by USA Today.
  • Ranked No. 1 among Hoop Scoop's top 150 juniors in the nation.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

61 18 17.5 .399 .357 .859 2.1 .6 .3 .2 6.6
82 27 21.5 .396 .364 .705 2.9 .6 .4 .2 7.0
75 70 28.4 .422 .388 .735 3.9 1.2 .6 .4 10.7
1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
219 115 22.7 .408 .372 .748 3.0 .8 .4 .2 8.1


  1. BLAZERS: Martell Webster Chat Transcript: Nov. 3, 2005
  2. JAZZ: Jazz Acquire 3rd Pick
  3. NBA Affiliates In Review
  4. Webster scores 24 third-quarter points in Blazers' blowout
  5. Agent: Trail Blazers sign swingman Webster to 4-year extension

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