2. Caleb Martin
The Heat signed Caleb Martin at the perfect time, as Martin agreed to a three-year, $20.4 million dollar contract in the 2022 offseason. Last season, Martin was given a bigger role as he started in 49 of the 71 games he played. During that period, Martin showed his defensive versatility, as he would pressure ball handlers full court to rush their offense, and with his 6-foot-10 wingspan, Martin was at the top of the key in a very disruptive 2-3 zone.
While Martin did not provide huge scoring averages in the regular season as the offense was ran for mainly Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro in the postseason, Martin showed he can score when called on. When Butler had to miss Game 2 vs New York due to an ankle sprain, Martin filled in and scored 22 points. But it wasn’t until the Eastern Conference Finals that Martin shined on the offensive end consistently. Martin scored from all three levels, and Boston had no answer to slow Martin down. For the series, Martin averaged 19.3 points per game on incredible efficiency, shooting 60.2 percent from the floor and 48.9 percent from three.
If Martin continues to improve each season, he is destined to receive a large payday. But for now, Martin is set to make $6.8 million, which is a number Heat fans along with front office members have to be ecstatic with.