NBA’s Most Tragic Deaths

A remarkable all-around athlete, Fernando Martin is considered to be one of Spain’s greatest basketball players and was also the first Spaniard to enter the NBA (1986). Due to injuries, Martin would unfortunately only play 24 games for the Blazers, and at the conclusion of the season he decided to return to his former team in Spain, Real Madrid. On December 3rd, 1989, Martin died in a traffic accident at just 27 years old, stunning the entire basketball world and particularly in Spain. During his time with Real Madrid, Martin won four leagues, three Copa del Rey’s, two Saporta Cups, a Korac Cup and a Club World Cup. He has since been enshrined at the FIBA Hall of Fame.