Damian Martin

Perth Wildcats DOB: 5 Sep 1984 Height: 186 cm Position: Guard Number: 53

Hometown: Gloucester, NSW

Junior Association: Gloucester (NSW)

Current Club: Perth Wildcats (NBL)

International Debut: 2003


Possibly the NBL's greatest ever defender, Martin has earned the honour of Defensive Player of the Year five straight years from 2011-2015.

Identified as a leader from an early age, the point guard captained the 2003 Australian U19 team at the World Championships where they won their first ever gold at the competition.

He honed his talents in the US at Loyola Marymount University but returned home to play for the West Sydney Razorbacks from 2007-09 in the NBL.

He brought success back to the Perth Wildcats when he joined them in 2010, giving them their first Championship in a decade in his first season with the new club. Four years later he would repeat the feat as he he surpassed 200 NBL games and made an All-NBL team for the fourth consecutive year.

Although not required to be as much of an offensive threat with the Wildcats, Martin is certainly capable around the rim and can surprise teams with his shot when necessary but it is that defensive intensity that makes him a vital part of the Australian national team's back court.

Previous Clubs:

2002-2003 - AIS
2003-2007 - Loyola Marymount University (USA)
2007-2009 - West Sydney Razorbacks/Sydney Spirit (NBL)
2009-Current - Perth Wildcats (NBL)

Major Awards:

NBL Best Defensive Player: 2011-2015
NBL Championship: 2010, 2014
All NBL First Team: 2011
All NBL Second Team: 2013, 2014
All NBL Third Team: 2012
UCC All-Freshman Team: 2004
FIBA U19 World Championship: 2003 (Gold)