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Fernando Martín
Center-power forward
Born March 15, 1962(1962-03-15)
Madrid, Spain
Died December 3, 1989 (aged 27)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spain
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
High school Estudiantes, Madrid, Spain
Draft 2nd round, 38th overall, 1985
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1979–1989
Former teams Estudiantes Madrid (1979–1981)
Real Madrid (1981–1986)
Portland Trail Blazers (1986–1987)
Real Madrid (1987–1989)
Medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Silver 1984 Los Angeles National team
European Championships
Silver 1983 France National team

Fernando Martín Espina (born March 15, 1962 in Madrid, Spain – died December 3, 1989 in Madrid, Spain) 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.

Martin died in a car accident, crashing his own car, a limited edition Lancia Thema with a Ferrari engine. His death caused an enormous shock in Spanish basketball.

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 Estudiantes in the season 2004-2005 and has also played for the Spanish national junior team.

For his first dunk in the 2009 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Portland Trail Blazers player Rudy Fernández wore a #10 Martin Blazers jersey in his honor.

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