WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Washington Wizards media members are big fans of Martell Webster. He's well spoken, he's often humorous and he will provide you with any type of one-on-one you need. He's a pro. His basketball knowledge and mentoring of younger players have some thinking (me included) Webster might be holding a clipboard on the sidelines when his playing days are over.
Washington Wizards fans are also high on Martell Webster. Averaging 28 minutes per contest in 2012-2013, Webster posted 15 points or more 23 times, shot a striking 42.2 percent from three-point range, and helped carry the team offensively for times when John Wall and Bradley Beal were injured. His 11.4 ppg were a career high.
There's no doubting Webster played well enough to earn a contract. There is a concern though. Four-years and $22 million is a heck of a lot for someone we know will be relegated to the bench, with the drafting of Otto Porter Jr. Furthermore Trevor Ariza is the Wizards best wing defender -- by far. Ariza will see crunch-time minutes in defensive slop-fest type of games, the style of play Randy Wittman wants this team to play. Seeing Webster's minutes shrink is inevitable. And his play throughout his eight year career has never really developed a true consistency.
I've taken the time to look at every NBA team and their best three-point shooter off the bench. Did the Wizards overvalue Martell Webster? All salary research through ShamSports.com. NOTE: These are contracts numbers from the 2012-2013 season. Some guys are now free agents.
Atlanta Hawks - DeShawn Stevenson (39.5%): 3-years, $6.7 million
Boston Celtics - Jeff Green (38.5%): 4-years, $36.2 million
Brooklyn Nets - C.J. Watson (41.1%): 2-years, $2 million
Charlotte Bobcats - Ben Gordon (38.7%): 5-years, $58 million
Chicago Bulls - Nate Robinson (40.5%): 1-year, $1.1 million
Cleveland Cavs - CJ Miles (38.7%): 2-year, $4.5 million
Dallas Mavericks - Vince Carter (40.6%): 3-year, $9.27 million
Denver Nuggets - Wilson Chandler (41.3%): 5-year, $31.7 million
Detriot Pistons - Will Bynum (31.6%): 3-year, $9.75 million
G.S. Warriors - Jarrett Jack (40.4%): 4-year, $20 million
Houston Rockets - Marcus Morris (38.1%): 3-year, $5.72 million
Indiana Pacers - D.J. Augustin (35.3%): 1-year, $3.5 million
L.A. Clippers - Jamal Crawford (37.6%): 4-year, $21.35 million
L.A. Lakers - Steve Blake (41.1%): 4-year, $16 million
Memphis Grizzlies - Jerryd Bayless (35.3%): 2-year, $6.1 million
Miami Heat - Shane Battier (43%): 3-year, $9.4 million
Milwaukee Bucks - Mike Dunleavy (42.8%): 2-year, $7.5 million
Minnesota T-Wolves - J.J. Barea (34.6%): 4-year, $18 million
N.O. Pelicans - Roger Mason Jr. (41.5%): 1-year, $1.2 million
New York Knicks - Steve Novak (42.5%): 4-year, $15 million
OKC Thunder - Kevin Martin (42.6%): 5-year, $53 million
Orlando Magic - Doron Lamb (47.6%): 3-year, Min. salary
Philadelphia 76ers - Royal Ivey (42.0%): 1-year, $1.2 million
Phoenix Suns - Sebastian Telfair (38.1%): 2-year, $3 million
Portland Blazers - Eric Maynor (38.0%): 2-year, $2 million*
Sac. Kings - Jimmer Freddette (41.7%): 3-year, $7 million
San Antonio Spurs - Matt Bonner (44.2%): 4-year, $13.9 million
Toronto Raptors - John Lucas (37.7%): 2-year, $3 million
Utah Jazz - Gordan Hayward (41.5%): 4-year, $7.5 million
Some of these bench scorers are going through free agency right now. But the only ones last season who are valued higher then Webster are Jeff Green, Ben Gordon, Wilson Chandler and Kevin Martin. And all of those guys are dynamic scorers, proven of carrying their teams in times of need.
The point is, is that the Wizards should have waited and let Martell Webster visit other teams. I realize he was a top priority of Ernie Grunfeld, but when you strike first in free agency like this, you often overpay. And if you wait, you often find someone just as capable for a short and cheap contract. We're all happy Webster is back, but there's little arguing the Wizards surrendered to his needs far too early.
The Wizards have done well in recent offseason moves. Ted Leonsis gave me a shoutout for my take on Nene. I was all-in-for-week-one with drafting Bradley Beal. I was brutally honest on the decision to get rid of Jordan Crawford for nothing was the right one. But here, on this Martell Webster contract, I think some unnecessary dollars were spent.