It took no time for the newly signed Cartier Martin to integrate himself into the Bulls style of play.
Signed Friday to a 10-day contract, Martin didn’t make it on the floor in that night’s win over Milwaukee, but in Saturday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats, he finished with 11 points on four-for-five shooting, including knocking down his two outside attempts in 26 minutes.
His defense and assertiveness gave Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau reason to play him more over Tony Snell and with his self-described “hard-nosed” style of play, there’s no reason to believe that he hasn’t found himself a home; at least for the season.
“It’s interesting when you find a guy like that, undrafted guy, has to scratch his way into the league; he’s done that,” Thibodeau said. “He always ends up on a roster. Whenever we played against him, I always felt like he competed hard. I knew that he would be a good fit and I thought he played well for Atlanta. I’m glad that we got him. He’ll get better and better. D.J. (Augustin) knows him, so I think that helps.”
Martin played with Augustine in Charlotte and the pair is reunited once again both on the floor and in the locker room as Martin took Luol Deng’s old locker, which is seated next to Augustin’s. Martin also played with Kirk Hinrich in Washington.
Augustin has made the most out of his opportunity, averaging 11.3 points and 6.5 assists in the 14 games he’s played since signing with the Bulls last month and he knows what his former teammates brings to the team.
“He’s a great scorer. He can shoot the ball really good,” Augustin said of Martin. “When I saw that we picked him up, I was happy. Not just because I know him, but because he’s a good player and he’s going to help us out.”
The Bulls are Martin’s fifth team and while there’s still the uncertainty of stability that comes with any 10-day contract, he already has the right attitude that should please his coach and his teammates.
“A guy like me just goes out and plays hard,” Martin said. “Don’t ask questions, do what I’m asked and be ready at all times. I’m just now getting here, so hopefully in the next couple of days or so, get familiar with the guys, and I think I should be good and ready.”