Cartier Martin began the 2013-14 season as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, but, after playing in the first 23 games of the season, he lost his consistent minutes. The Hawks eventually waived him on Jan. 7. Three days later, the Chicago Bulls picked him up and signed him to a 10-day contract.
A day later, Martin saw his first minutes in a Bulls uniform in a 103-97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. With Luol Deng recently being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jimmy Butler sidelined with a left thigh bruise, there were plenty of minutes available at both the shooting guard and small forward positions.
Tony Snell got the start at the two, but it was Martin who received the majority of the playing time. He played a total of 26:03 and used the time efficiently. Martin went 4-of-5 from the field, 2-for-2 on threes, split a pair of free throws, added two rebounds and dished out an assist.
Martin was signed to another 10-day contract on Jan. 17. After that, though, he was unable to receive such an opportunity again. The rest of the minutes he was given weren’t meaningful, quality minutes. Rather, they majority of it was more so garbage time. It wasn’t his fault, though, as Butler didn’t stay out for long. And it’s been clear that head coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t mess with his rotations, so, despite the productive and impressive impression Martin made, it was very unlikely it would guarantee him consistent minutes.
In total, he played in six games and averaged 2.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.2 steals in 8.0 minutes. In the one instance Martin was able to prove his worth, he performed very well, especially for it being his first game as a Bull.
Final Grade: A-