Martin Signs Contract with Charlotte Bobcats

MANHATTAN, Kan. Former Kansas State standout Cartier Martin was signed to a 10-day contract by the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday.


Martin is now one of three Wildcats currently playing in the NBA, joining Michael Beasley (Miami Heat) and Bill Walker (Boston Celtics).


Martin had played in 21 games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA’s Developmental League (D-League) this season, where he averaged 20.6 points on 47 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range, with 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 37.6 minutes per game.  He had scored in double figures 17 times, with nine games of 20 or points and five games of at least 30 points.


Martin scored a season-high 37 points against Fort Wayne on Jan. 3 and recorded his lone double-double of 31 points and a season-high 11 rebounds on Jan. 27 against Tulsa.


Martin spent the 2007-08 season playing for Antalya BSB in Turkey. In 25 games, he averaged 8.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Martin scored in double figures on nine occasions, including a season-high 20 points against Turk Telekom on Nov. 10, 2007.


A native of Houston, Texas, Martin left Kansas State as one of the top players in school history.  He is one of just six players in school history to record 1,500 points and one of just three to top 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in a career.  Martin still ranks among the top-10 in 11 career statistics, including sixth in scoring with 1,546 points.  He also ranks in third in minutes played (3,090), 3-point field goals made (178) and attempted (446), fifth in double-digit scoring (76) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.9), sixth in 20-point games (28) and field goals made (519), seventh in field goals attempted (1132) and games started (77), eighth in free throws made (330) and attempted (423).        


As a senior in 2006-07, Martin captured the Big 12’s inaugural Sixth Man Award and was selected to the coaches’ all-conference second team for the second consecutive season.  He is the first Wildcat player in the Big 12 era to earn second team honors in back-to-back seasons.  Martin was also named to first team All-Big 12 team by the Kansas City Star and to the second team by The Associated Press, while he was selected to the USBWA All-District VI and NABC All-District squads.  He paced the Wildcats in nine categories, including scoring (17.1 ppg.), 20-point games (13), double-figure scoring (29), field goals (197), 3-point field goals (78) and free throw percentage (79.9).


Martin joined the Bobcats on Thursday and will be available for tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.