Credit: Nevada Athletics

Cody Martin Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Cody Martin

Senior 6’7″ 205 SG/SF Nevada DOB: 9/28/95
12.1 ppg 4.5 rpg 4.9 apg FG: 50.5% 3 PT: 35.8%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 6’10”

NBA Comparison: Mikal Bridges

Strengths: Perimeter Defense, Passing, Athleticism, Shot Creation

Weaknesses: Lack of production, Shooting Consistency

Caleb is the more defensive minded of the Martin twins, who became nationally known names in the basketball world after leading Nevada to the sweet sixteen in 2018 when they transferred from NC State. Despite not making the deep tournament run that Nevada expected, Martin was a big part of bringing the Wolfpack to the national scene, and the senior class as a whole will go down in school history. He is able to create a shot off of the dribble and come off of screens, doing both well in college. His athleticism is top level, showing off the ability to throw down contested dunks, and finish around the basket. He slashes to the basket well, being able to find open space and cut through the lane to create both scoring opportunities or kick outs to his teammates. The athleticism that he has displayed and his shot creation should translate well to the professional level. Martin has shown that he can set up teammates with open looks, averaging 4.7 assists per game as a junior, and 4.9 as a senior. This is an aspect of his game that can help him earn minutes if he is able to continue to make plays for the talent around him. The most intriguing part of his skill set to scouts and teams is the ability to defend on the wing, something that Martin has done very well as a college player. He is able to use his athleticism and length to disrupt multiple positions, and how well he defends will play a big part of whether or not he finds a role on a roster. 

There is a concern that while the signs are there that he can score, he has not done it at a high level averaging 12.1 points per game as a senior, and 14 as a junior. This argument does have some caveats when you consider the fact that his role was to be a lock down defender, playing as more of a third option on offense. His brother Caleb was not known for his efficiency or shot selection, along with some other talented players on the Nevada roster, contributed to his lack of offensive production. The other contributing factor was that Martin did not shoot the ball particularly well, especially from the outside shooting three point attempts at 35.8% as a senior. Again, he was more conservative on offense in his shot selection and he could become a more consistent shooter with more emphasis on of offensive game. His shooting will need to improve, and he will need to become more consistent offensive player to have a shot at making an impact in the best basketball leagues in the world. One school of thought is that when Cody is no longer playing with the more offensive minded Caleb, he could be unleashed as a scorer to a degree, but only time will tell on that sentiment. 

Here is an example of his athleticism:

This play shows his ability to knock down an outside shot:

Martin is projected to go in the late second by some, and he is expected to go undrafted by other analysts. The seniors all around game is impressive, but his lack of scoring production could have him getting passed up on the day of the draft. His ceiling as a professional is a solid back up wing making an impact, that can play high level perimeter defense and knock down open shots. The worst case scenario for Martin is that he is unable to impress teams with his offensive skill set, leading him to not be able to find a roster spot or stick in the league ultimately playing elsewhere.

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