2015 NBA Draft Player Profile: Jarell Martin

Jarell Martin spent two years at LSU before jumping to the NBA. He was an impact player at LSU right from the beginning. Martin was impressive in his freshman season, yet still made a major leap in his sophomore year. He nearly doubled his production in scoring and rebounding in his second year at LSU. After averaging nearly 17 points per game and close to a double-double, Martin decided it was time to take the next step. He ended up being drafted 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Martin is a power forward who had good size for the position in college but is a little undersized in the NBA. He is listed at about 6’9”, 230-240 pounds, which is the same size as some NBA small forwards. Never the less, Martin is a force down low and improved tremendously in just two years at LSU. He is not afraid to bang down low despite his size and is a good offensive player around the rim. Memphis could be a good location for Martin as he can learn from some of the best big men in the NBA, particularly Zach Randolph.

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One thing Martin will need to do to be successful in the NBA is develop the elbow jump shot that Randolph thrives at. Martin showed a decent shooting stroke in college but still needs to work on it. He is a decent athlete for his position and he was able to take bigger defenders off the dribble, so if he could make an outside shot with more consistency he would be a handful to cover. He will need to make his mark in the NBA as a scoring big man and a great rebounder. His limited size causes him to struggle on defense from time to time. He has good offensive skill and just needs to keep developing. Overall he is still a work in progress and most likely will not see any playing time in Memphis early on. Although Memphis may be a good learning situation, it is a franchise with plenty of competition down low. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are the obvious starters in Memphis and the Grizzlies brought in Brandon Wright to be one of the backup big men. Wright will most likely play center, so the backup power forward spot could still be up for grabs.

The Grizzlies have two other young power forwards in JaMychal Green and Jarnell Stokes. Martin will have to battle with these two for a chance to earn regular minutes. The good news is that he will have a fair shot since the other two players are still unestablished in the NBA. The bad news is that if he does not fare well against them he could find himself without a roster spot. There is a logjam at the power forward spot so Jarell Martin’s place on the Grizzlies is still very much up in the air.

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