Slater Martin began his illustrious basketball career at Houston's Jefferson Davis High School where he led his team to three state tournaments and back to back state championships in 1942 & 1943. At the University of Texas, the 5'10 guard set a school record by scoring 984 points during his career (1944 & 1947-1949). Martin led the 1947 Longhorns to the SWC title with a 26-2 record and a trip to the NCAA Final Four where the Longhorns finished third. On February 26, 1949 Martin set the single game SWC scoring record with 49 points versus TCU. He earned All-SWC honors as a junior and senior and also made the Helms Foundation All-America team in 1949. Martin played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Minneapolis Lakers (1949-1956) and St. Louis Hawks (1956-1960). He was a member of teams that won five world championships (Minneapolis Lakers 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 & St. Louis Hawks 1958) and was selected to play in seven NBA All-Star Games. Martin who was known for his speed, quickness and ball-handling skills was also a fine defensive player who was usually assigned to guard the other team's best player. He scored 7,337 points during his 745 game career for an average of 9.8 points per game. He also had 3,160 career assists and 2,302 rebounds. In 1981 Martin is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1981) and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1964).

Slater Martin

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