Before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Celtics on Monday,
the average NBA fan may not have been familiar with Miami Heat guard Caleb Martin, but they undoubtedly are now. mostly Celtics supporters.
Martin played 45 minutes, made his first start of the series, scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting,
and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Heat defeated the Celtics 103-84 to advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face the Denver Nuggets beginning on Thursday night.
Martin, a native of Mocksville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Virginia's Oak Hill Academy, began his collegiate career in 2014 at North Carolina State, where he spent two seasons before transferring to Nevada.
Martin grew during his first season with the Wolf Pack, averaging 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds on his route to being awarded Mountain West Conference Player of the Year,
after missing the 2016–17 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations. He increased that average to 19.2 points per game in his final year.