Caleb and his brother Cody are the leaders of this Nevada team. They are identical twins, yet their games are far from identical. Focusing on Caleb for this scouting report, Caleb is a fearless scorer and the go-to guy who drives the high-flying Nevada offense. Over the last two seasons, Martin has done it all on the offensive end, posting some gaudy numbers. This is the type of production that you would expect from the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. That being said, Martin is a game changing player and not someone who should be slept on when NBA teams look to draft a player that can help their franchise from day one when he gets to an organization.
Martin has a complete offensive arsenal to attack his opponents. At 6’6 and the primary ball handler, he usually has a match-up advantage against smaller defenders. He is a relentless slasher who can make difficult shot after difficult shot when going to the rim.
That height also allows him to rise up over defenders in an iso where he may need to use his dribble pull up to put the ball in the basket. Martin isn’t just a scorer, although his brother Cody is known as the primary playmaker, Caleb is able to use his ability to get into the lane to set up his other teammates in drive and kick and dump off situations.
Martin isn’t a true playmaker as he likes to call his own number from time to time, but he is not a selfish player by any means.
Defensively speaking is where Martin’s game lacks just a bit, some might contribute that to the pace that the Wolfpack play at and the offensive responsibility that is given to Martin, but he does leave himself susceptible to getting beat from time to time. Martin is a defender who likes to gamble defensively and that results in high risk, high reward type plays.
He is a capable on ball defender, although he relies on his length to recover on plays where he is beat by a smaller, quicker defender. Overall his defensive game needs to improve to make an impact at the next level, but there is definitely tools there to succeed, it just needs to become more of a focal point in his game. This season, Martin has become known as a second half player for the Wolfpack, their go-to-guy in the late game when he is needed the most. While that is a good thing it also points to the fact that Martin doesn’t generally show up for both halves.
Martin doesn’t always carry the same aggressiveness from start to finish, he goes from a very passive guy to a very demanding offensive force in a blink and that may work against Mountain West opponents but as the competition gets harder you can’t coast for certain pockets of time and expect to just flip a switch. This has become more and more prevalent as the season has gone. Much of last year, Martin was the ball dominating guard where his brother would be a jack of all trades type player. Caleb has been off the ball a little more recently and although he has shown the ability to score in bunches, he doesn’t always work to get himself opportunities.
As an off-ball player, movement is key, and getting open without the ball is a major key to success. It could be a product of an embarrassment of riches for Nevada but there are far too many possessions where Caleb just stays at home in the corner with the occasional flash to the wing when someone gets in trouble up top. If Martin wants to succeed at the NBA level he is going to have to work on creating his own opportunities, utilizing off-ball screens, working his angles, and getting himself open for easy baskets.
Fifth-year seniors in the NBA Draft do not usually result in high draft picks. NBA teams chase upside, chase youth, and a player who comes out at age 23 doesn’t always entice the NBA GMs to use a high draft pick. That being said, sometimes it only takes one GM to come out looking like a genius after drafting an older player when he immediately showcases what made them successful at the college level. Caleb is one player in particular who has a chance to make a name for himself as a likely second round draft pick.
Martin is likely going to be picked in the 45-55 range in the upcoming draft with potential to go higher if Nevada are able to make a long march madness run to thrust him up draft boards. Martin is a guy who can come in as a second unit scorer and provide a spark off the bench. He may ultimately develop into a 6th man type role, but initially given his skill set, he looks to be an instant offense, spark providing player on a second unit of teams looking for wing scorers. He is the primary ball handler for Nevada but his career in the NBA will likely be as a wing who is tasked less with ball-handling and rather more with shooting and scoring responsibilities.