Fratello’s Fantasy Pick: Martell Webster

The Trail Blazers keep on ticking. They refuse to let injuries be an excuse and are right in the middle of the Western conference race. Fifth-year forward Martell Webster has increasingly become an important contributor to the team’s success.

With so many players out Webster’s minutes have increased and so has his production. After sitting out the 2008-09 season with a stress fracture in his left foot, Webster got off to a slow start but is now pulling his weight in the starting lineup.

So far this month Webster is shooting 43% from the 3-point line and averaging 18 ppg and seven rebounds in 39 minutes. In Friday’s emphatic win over the Magic he grabbed 9 rebounds and led his team in scoring with 24 points.

Sometimes it takes a while for players straight out of high school to develop and I think we’re seeing Martell come into his own this season. His confidence is up  –  he knows what he’s doing on the court and how to perform. I look for him to deliver a solid second half.

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