Slater N. Martin
While the 5-foot-10-inch Slater "Dugie" Martin was diminutive in stature, his presence on the court was as big as his native Texas. A colorful, scrappy guard at the University of Texas, Martin was named to the 1949 Helms Athletic Foundation All-America team as a senior. He averaged 16 points per game that year. His 49 points against Texas Christian was a Southwestern Conference record. Considered one of the smallest super players in NBA history, Martin was a forerunner of the modern point guard with the Minneapolis Lakers and St. Louis Hawks and was an excellent playmaker and a tenacious defender. He was a steadying influence on five NBA championship teams, melding the NBA's first great frontcourt of Hall of Famers Jim Pollard, George Mikan, and Vern Mikkelsen into a cohesive unit. His value was clear as Martin won five NBA championships during his career.
BornOctober 22, 1925 Elmina, TX
DiedOctober 18, 2012
Professional CareerNew York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers St. Louis Hawks Houston Mavericks