Martell Webster is a professional American basketball player who plays as a shooting guard or a small forward. Known as “The Definition”, a pun arising from his last name Webster (as in the dictionary), Webster is the cousin of NBA star Jason Terry.
Webster went to the Seattle Preparatory School where he played for the high school team. In his freshman year, he played at 15.2 points per game with 9.5 rebounds per game. After two ordinary years, Webster almost missed his entire junior playing season with an ankle injury in 2003-04 after chipping a bone in the foot during an open gym session. This came after he led his team to the Division Championships by scoring at 19.2 points per game in his sophomore year, along with 10.9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
After returning from the ankle injury, Webster took the senior season by storm, scoring at an incredible 27.1 points per game with 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Despite getting an opportunity to get into the University of Washington, he decided to opt for the NBA instead and declared for the draft.
Webster got a number of awards that included being named to the 2005 McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game where he played for the West Team. He was also named to the Jordan Classic Home Team in the same year while making it to the USA Today list of Eight Top Juniors.
At the 2005 NBA Draft, Webster was picked at 6th overall by the Portland Trailblazers after choosing to trade down their third pick to the Utah Jazz. Webster was sent to the Fort Worth Flyers in the NBA’s Developmental League where he became the highest drafted player to do so. After spending a month in the D-League, he was called up to the Trailblazers.
Webster was handed out a 4-year, $20 million contract, in 2008, based on his performances at the D-League as well as on his performances in the NBA, which included a 26-point game against the Utah Jazz where 24 of those points came in the third quarter.
The Trailblazers may have lost his services for the entire 2008-09 season after a foot injury forced Webster out of action after just 5 minutes in the season.