After playing together in high school, in AAU, in college and the NBA, Caleb and Cody Martin faced off against each other for the first time at the pro level Monday night.
The Martin twins, who played for Nevada from 2017-19, matched up in an NBA preseason game with Caleb playing for the Miami Heat and Cody for the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat prevailed, 104-103, to remain undefeated in the exhibition season; the Hornets fell to 1-2.
Both players got the start for their respective teams. In 31 minutes, Cody Martin tallied 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block, posting a plus-15 box-score plus-minus. Caleb Martin countered with three points, three rebounds, two assists and a block in 15 minutes, posting a plus-seven box-score plus-minus. Cody made 6-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-4 from three. Caleb made 1-of-5 field goals, including 0-of-2 from three.
The Martin spent their first two seasons in the NBA together on the Charlotte Hornets, their home-state team. Cody was a second-round pick by Charlotte while Caleb signed an undrafted free agent deal and made the roster after a strong training camp prior to the 2019-20 season. Caleb was waived by Charlotte this offseason and signed a two-way contract with the Heat, meaning he'll split time between the NBA team and its G League affiliate.
Caleb Martin is averaging 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in the preseason, shooting 33.3 percent from the field, including 20 percent from three. Cody Martin is averaging 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in the preseason, shooting 53.3 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent from three.
Caleb Martin is excited about the fresh start with a new team, and he's drawn positive reviews thus far.
“He’s been a highly active, energetic, disruptive player," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told Five Reasons Sports. "And that’s going back to college. In his opportunities with Charlotte, we really respected and liked how he played, how he approached competition, how he competes on the defensive end. He has positional size and quickness and also the commitment to that side of the floor. You can build the rest of it after that.”
The Martins are two of the four Wolf Pack alums on NBA teams during training camp. The others are JaVale McGee (Suns) and Cam Oliver (Lakers).