Former Kansas State forward Cartier Martin saw his first action as a member of the Miami Heat’s Summer League Team on Tuesday, as he chipped in nine points in a 73-65 loss to the New Jersey Nets at the Orlando Magic’s Practice Facility.
Martin, who joined the squad in early July, went 2-of-6 from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range with two rebounds, one assist and one block in over 16 minutes off the bench for the Heat. He also went 4-of-5 from the free throw line. The team was led by one-year pro Chris Quinn (Notre Dame) who had 23 points, while second-year pro Orien Greene (UL-Lafayette) chipped in 11 points.
The Heat are one of five teams (Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic) competing in the 2007 Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando, Fla. The squad, which is 0-2 after the loss to the Nets on Tuesday, will play Chicago on Wednesday then Indiana on Thursday before concluding play on Friday against Orlando.
Martin is one of eight rookies on the team, including NBA First Round Draft pick Daequan Cook (Ohio State), Marcus Slaughter (San Diego State), Anthony Tolliver (Creighton) and Joel Anthony (UNLV). Other notables include third-year pros Junior Harrington (Wingate) and James Lang (Central Park Christian), second-year pros John Edwards (Kent State) and Orien Greene and one-year pros Chris Quinn, Renaldo Major (Fresno State) and Jeremy Richardson (Delta State).
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 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).
This past season, 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 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).