Caleb Martin has impressed in his third season in the NBA, and that persistence has finally paid off for the 26-year-old forward.
On Tuesday night, the Miami Heat announced that they had signed Martin to a full NBA contract after initially being with the team on a two-way deal throughout the season.
This is Martin’s third year in the League after going undrafted out of the University of Nevada, playing his first two years with the Charlotte Hornets. Martin struggled to see the court over his first two seasons, playing in just 71 total games and averaging 5.3 points per game.
Martin has taken an enormous leap in his third year, starting 10 of the 44 games he has appeared in so far for the Heat, averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game.
And Martin’s contributions aren’t for a team outside the playoff; they’re for a team currently sitting atop of the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-21.
Specifics about Martin’s contract have yet to be released by the Heat.
Caleb Martin’s twin brother, Cody Martin, is also in the NBA, playing in his third season with the Hornets, where he averages 8.0 points, 4.2 boards, and 2.6 dimes in 27.2 minutes per game.