Slater Martin

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Slater Martin
Slater Martin (1).jpeg
Personal information
Born(1925-10-22)October 22, 1925
Elmina, Texas
DiedOctober 18, 2012(2012-10-18) (aged 86)
Houston, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson Davis
(Houston, Texas)
College Texas (1943–1944, 1946–1949)
Playing career1949–1960
Position Point guard
Number22, 7
Career history
As player:
19491956 Minneapolis Lakers
1956 New York Knicks
19561960 St. Louis Hawks
As coach:
1957St. Louis Hawks
19671969 Houston Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 7,337 (9.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2,302 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 3,160 (4.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Slater Nelson "Dugie" Martin Jr. [1] (October 22, 1925 – October 18, 2012) was an American professional basketball player and coach who was a playmaking guard for 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Elmina, Walker County, Texas and played in seven NBA All-Star Games.

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Martin was one of the NBA's best defensive players in the 1950s, playing for the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers that won four NBA championships between 1950 and 1954. [2] In 1956, he joined Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks and won another NBA title in 1958. [3]

Martin, circa 1953-54 Slater Martin (2).jpeg
Martin, circa 1953–54

Martin was an alumnus of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, where he led his school to two state basketball championships in 1942 and 1943. He is also a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, where he set a scoring record in 1949 with 49 points in a game for the Longhorns against Texas Christian University (or TCU). [3] Throughout his career with the Longhorns, he averaged 12.7 points per game. [4] His former high school now holds an annual fund raiser in his name, the "Slater Martin Golf Tournament", which successfully raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for high school student clubs and athletic teams.

He was head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association in the 1967–68 season and part of 1968–69, [3] and led the Mavericks into the 1968 ABA Playoffs.

Martin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3, 1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the only Longhorn to be so honored. His jersey number 15 was retired by the University of Texas on January 31, 2009, making him only the second Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired.

He died of a brief illness on October 18, 2012, in Houston, Texas, aged 86, and is survived by sons Slater Jr and Jim. [3]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
  Won an NBA championship

Regular season

YearTeamGPMPGFG%FT%RPGAPGPPG
1949–50 Minneapolis 67.351.6342.24.0
1950–51 Minneapolis 68.362.6843.63.58.5
1951–52 Minneapolis 6637.6.375.7473.53.89.3
1952–53 Minneapolis 7036.5.410.7802.73.610.6
1953–54 Minneapolis 6935.8.388.7242.42.99.9
1954–55 Minneapolis 7238.7.381.7693.65.913.6
1955–56 Minneapolis 7239.4.358.8333.66.213.2
1956–57 New York 1332.8.344.8303.23.08.5
1956–57 St. Louis 5337.3.330.7824.64.311.5
1957–58 St. Louis 6035.0.336.7463.83.612.0
1958–59 St. Louis 7135.3.347.7763.64.79.7
1959–60 St. Louis 6427.4.371.7262.95.26.2
Career74535.9.364.7623.44.29.8

Playoffs

YearTeamGPMPGFG%FT%RPGAPGPPG
1950 Minneapolis 12.420.5832.14.7
1951 Minneapolis 7.353.5196.03.67.1
1952 Minneapolis 1340.2.345.7322.84.39.0
1953 Minneapolis 1237.8.398.7652.63.610.1
1954 Minneapolis 1341.0.330.7432.24.69.7
1955 Minneapolis 745.0.298.8164.04.413.7
1956 Minneapolis 340.3.459.8332.35.018.0
1957 St. Louis 1043.9.355.7574.24.916.6
1958 St. Louis 1137.8.321.6194.43.611.5
1959 St. Louis 118.0.8003.02.08.0
1960 St. Louis 319.3.077.2501.02.71.0
Career9239.4.351.7153.43.810.0

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References

  1. Slater Martin Player Statistics
  2. "Passings: Slater Martin", Los Angeles Times , October 19, 2012
  3. 1 2 3 4 Goldstein, Richard (October 20, 2012), "Slater Martin, Hall of Fame Lakers Guard, Dies at 86", The New York Times
  4. "SR / College Basketball: Slater Martin". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2012.