Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Jarell Martin

Jarell Martin
6'9, 240
LSU, So.
Big Board Rank: 36

Fresh off of a first team All-SEC selection, Jarell Martin has announced his intentions to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.  Martin arrived in Baton Rouge as the 13th-ranked player in the 2013 high school class, according to Rivals.  Following a solid freshman campaign, Martin exploded this season, leading the Tigers in scoring and ranking 2nd on the team in rebounds and blocked shots.  Pairing up with fellow 2015 draft prospect, Jordan Mickey, Martin led the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament berth since 2009.  While the Tigers spectacularly blew a lead late to NC State in their opening round loss, Martin put up 16 points and 11 rebounds, as part of a span that saw him average 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds over LSU's final eight competitions.

Martin played a fair amount of SF in his freshman year as he shared frontcourt minutes with Mickey and Milwaukee Bucks rookie F/C Johnny O'Bryant III.  That should somewhat explain his infatuation with the three point line in his first college season.  Nonetheless, for a player who is so successful at the rim and excellent at making trips to the free throw line, Martin would surely profit from taking even fewer three point attempts.


Martin was far more efficient and productive in his second year at LSU in a much more involved role.  His Usage Rate jumped from 20.2% as freshman to 24.8% as a sophomore.  That he was able to handle a bigger role with greater efficiency, speaks to a level of improvement in his time in Baton Rouge.  This lines up with positive remarks from LSU head coach Johnny Jones, who says that Martin is a hard worker who pays attention to details.


Martin's face-up offensive game and ability to attack the rim off the dribble should serve him well.  Martin shot 63% from the paint as a sophomore, where he took 64% of his field goals.  That, combined with his ability to get to the free throw line consistently set him up to be an efficient scorer  at the professional level.  Martin is also very physically gifted, both in terms of size and athleticism.  His explosiveness, coupled with good size for the PF position should prove him more prepared for the NBA than most rookie big men.


Martin struggles with shot selection, as shown by his insistence on continuing to shoot threes despite no longer playing on the perimeter.  This is a problem because he's not a good jump shooter.  Martin not only struggled from three this year, but also from mid-range.  Though he is a good scorer at the rim, he may need to find a bit of range to produce consistently.  Martin also struggles defensively.


Though Martin seems to think that he fits the bill, he is not the stretch four that the Pistons will likely seek this offseason.  Instead, his strength and finishing ability may only clog the lane.  As a second round pick, Martin would likely cut his teeth on the second unit, where there is a chance that he will play alongside a C who also cannot stretch the floor.  Should that be the case, I don't believe that Martin would be an appropriate fit in Detroit.  While he wouldn't be a great fit, his talent is desirable and he would be excellent value in the second round.

Mock Draft (Date)
Martin’s Position
Detroit’s Pick
Draft Express (3/28)
27th - Houston
38th – Tyrone Wallace (3/15)
29th – Brooklyn
38th – Terran Petteway
CBS Sports – Vecenie (2/27)
35th - Philadelphia
40th – Ron Baker
Basketball Insiders - Koutroupis (3/1)
44th - Philadelphia
38th – Damian Jones

While it's certainly possible that Martin has his name announced by Adam Silver, strange things happen in the NBA that can provide for a first round talent to last into the 2nd rond. Still, I would wager that the Pistons will likely have to move into the 28-32 range if they truly wish to pick Martin.

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