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Our rankings of the NBA's top 10 players at each position over the next five weeks continues.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
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This week: Shooting guards.
Shooting-guard ranking: 7th
Current team: Houston Rockets
Height/Weight: 6-7, 195
Age on Feb. 1, 2011: 29
Seasons with Rockets:/NBA: 2/8
2010-11 regular-season stats: 80 G, 32.30 mpg, .43.7 fg%, .38.3 3p%, .888 ft%, 23.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*: 601 ts%, .506 efg%, 5.6 trb%, 117 ortg, 111 drtg, 21.4 PER
Contract status: Martin has two years left on his contract at $12 million and nearly $13 million.
Strengths: Shooting guards are supposed to be able to score at will and frequently carry a team, and Martin fits that description. He's a big, physical guard at 6-7. Without the frequently injured Yao Ming (now retired), the Rockets became a perimeter team and Martin delivered. He's a terrific free-throw shooter.
Weaknesses: I'm not a big fan of Martin's game at times. He sometimes needs a Allen Iverson-like volume of shots to score. Could be better defensively.
The future: Martin needs some help in Houston, but he should get plenty of suitors if he becomes a free agent after the 2012-13 season.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.
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