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|Center / Power forward|
March 25, 1962|
|Died||December 3, 1989
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Estudiantes, Madrid, Spain|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Pro playing career||1979–1990|
|1979–1981||Estudiantes Mudespa (Spain)|
|1981–1986||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|1986–1987||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1987–1989||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Fernando Martín Espina (born March 25, 1962 – died December 3, 1989) is considered one of the best Spanish basketball players ever.
Martin was 2.06 m tall, and played primarily at center. He was considered a talented all-around athlete. He was a five-time swimming champion in Castile as well as a gaining high rankings in handball, table tennis and judo.
Martin was the first Spanish player to play in the NBA, in 1986, and one of the first Europeans to play in this league. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers and, earlier, in Spain for Estudiantes and Real Madrid. He played in only 24 games in the 1986-87 season for the Blazers, having been injured for two months. At the end of the season, he returned to Spain to play again for Real Madrid.
Martin also played for the Spanish national team and was a prominent player in the Spanish team that won the silver medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games of 1984. Martín also represented his country in the 1981, 1983 and 1985 European basketball championship, and, during the latter, was selected for the all-tournament team.
In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame. Martin wore the number 10 on his shirt which Real Madrid has not used since his death.
His son, Jan Martín, made a start in the Spanish pro league ACB in CB Estudiantes in the season 2004-2005 and has also played for the Spanish national junior team. His nephew, Dominick Martin, played for Yale and now plays professionally in Spain.