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asandhu23
10-18-2012, 09:43 PM
Slater Martin, the Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday. He was 86.

Martin died Thursday at a skilled nursing facility in Houston after a sudden illness, daughter-in-law Becky Martin said. She said he was admitted to the nursing home Monday.

Martin was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. He went into the University of Texas' Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1962, entered the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1964, and the school retired his No. 15 in 2009.

"He was a tremendous ballhandler, a great competitor, and had a tremendous sense of humor," former Hawks radio announcer Skip Erwin said Thursday night at the Giants-Cardinals baseball playoff game. "He was 5-10. When he would play against Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics, it would look like you were watching two ballet dancers, because they both were so smooth.

"Also, he could have been a welterweight boxing champion, because he was a tough guy."

The 5-foot-10 Martin averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists in 745 NBA regular-season game with Minneapolis, New York and St. Louis from 1949-50 to 1959-60. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.2 assists in 92 playoff games, winning titles with Minneapolis in 1950, `52, `53 and `54 and St. Louis in 1958.

Martin played in seven All-Star games and was a five-time, second-team All-NBA selection.

Martin enrolled at Texas in the fall of 1943 and played four varsity games as a freshman. He went into military service in January 1944, and rejoined the Longhorns for the 1946-47 Final Four run that ended with a third-place finish. In his next-to-last game at Texas, he set a school record with 49 points in an 81-60 victory over TCU on Feb. 26, 1949.

He is survived by sons Jim and Slater Jr.

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/10/18/slater-martin-dies-86.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpts

Look at his stats. He made the Hall of Fame.

Hellcrooner
10-18-2012, 10:24 PM
http://www.nba.com/2012/news/10/18/slater-martin-dies-86.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpts

Look at his stats. He made the Hall of Fame.

pre -shotclock-era.

Cal827
10-18-2012, 10:35 PM
Did you bring this thread up, just to make a claim for why Marbury shoud be in the HOF?


RIP

JasonJohnHorn
10-19-2012, 12:10 AM
9 points and 4 assists a game on 36% from the field? I COULD get in the HOF for christsakes... jesus... they'll let anybody in.... fawk.... that guy would even get a try-out on a D-league team today. I'm not even sure he'd make a highschool team! Cousey played in the same era and came away averaging 18.4 and 75. assists... though his FG% was pretty awful to.... fawk this kids couldn't shoot back in the 50's!

Still... rest in peace Slater Martin.

asandhu23
10-19-2012, 12:16 AM
Did you bring this thread up, just to make a claim for why Marbury shoud be in the HOF?


RIP

no but it is an interesting thing that this guy made the HOF. This is why I think Marbury, Jamison, VC and T-Mac will eventually make it.


These guys were founders of the league. I get that but come on, man.

JNA17
10-19-2012, 12:20 AM
These guys were founders of the league. I get that but come on, man.

You just answered that question right here. That's all there is too it. He didn't get in because of his basketball skills or what his statline says.

Hellcrooner
10-19-2012, 12:23 AM
no but it is an interesting thing that this guy made the HOF. This is why I think Marbury, Jamison, VC and T-Mac will eventually make it.


These guys were founders of the league. I get that but come on, man.



where are their 5 rings?

Martin was one of the NBA's best defensive players in the 1950s ( as in wikipedia) doesnt people make cases all the time for Ben wallace out of defense?

asandhu23
10-19-2012, 12:34 AM
where are their 5 rings?

Martin was one of the NBA's best defensive players in the 1950s ( as in wikipedia) doesnt people make cases all the time for Ben wallace out of defense?

There are a lot of players in HOF without rings.