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. In 1956, he joined Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks and won another NBA title in 1958. He would go on to play in seven NBA All-Star Games in his career. Martin was head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association in the 1967-68 season and part of 1968-69, and led the Mavericks into the 1968 ABA Playoffs.
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3, 1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts. 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 undisclosed illness on October 18, 2012, in Houston, Texas, aged 86.
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