2015/16: Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin enjoyed a stellar 2015/16, persevering through two major injuries to lead the team to the NBL Championship. After battling through a calf complaint that interrupted his pre-season, Martin’s return to the court was cut short by a severely broken jaw that seemed set to rule the guard out for six to eight weeks. Not to be discouraged, the relentless defender missed just five games, before finishing the season on a high after being award the Larry Sengstock medal for Grand Final MVP. Martin averaged 5.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, along with 1.8 steals and delivered a host of emphatic blocks.
Career: Damian Martin captained Australia’s under-20 team to a world championship in 2003, defeating the USA in the gold medal game. He then attended Loyola Marymount University before making his NBL debut for the Sydney Spirit in the 2008/09 season. The Perth Wildcats recruited Martin in 2009 where he became a championship player with the club in his first season. He also captained the team to the 2014 and 2016 Championships. Martin has been named NBL Best Defensive Player a league record five times, and represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Throughout his Wildcats career, he has averaged 7.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals.