Darrick Martin (born March 6, 1971 in Denver, Colorado) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on August 2, 2001.
Martin was a Parade First Team All-American and a McDonald's High School All-American at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, California. He opted to stay close to home and attended UCLA where he helped lead the Bruins to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1992. The winner of UCLA's Outstanding Team Player award two successive years while he was in Westwood, Martin played with nearly a dozen teammates who would go on to NBA careers but it was the 5'11 guard who's career outlasted them all.
While not drafted by an NBA team, Martin began the 2004-2005 season with Sioux Falls of the CBA before signing two consecutive 10-day contracts with Minnesota. In his rookie season, he appeared in 34 games for the Timberwolves averaging 7.5 points-per-game. He moved to Vancouver the following season but after 24 games, was traded back to Minnesota where he averged 7.3 points and 4.5 assists which was the best assist average of his career.
In 1996, Martin joined the Los Angeles Clippers where he would enjoy the most successful stint of his professional career. He played in all 82 of the team's games his first two years and had the best scoring numbers as a pro, posting 10.9 points and 10.3 points respectively. That was followed by two seasons with Sacramento before signing a free agent contract with Dallas.
He joined the Mavs on August 2, 2001 and made the team coming out of training camp. However, he saw action in only three games, with a 0.3 ppg average, and was released on November 20. Looking for new options, Martin split the following season between the Harlem Globetrotters and a return to the CBA.
Rejoining the NBA in 2003-2004 he played a season each in Minnesota and with the Clippers, his second time around with both teams. In 2005, Martin joined the Toronto Raptors where he played the final three seasons of his career. Although his court time was limited in Toronto, the Raptors' President and General Manager Brian Colangelo appreciated Martin for other reasons.
"To survive in the NBA oas long as Darrick has, you've got to have more than basketball skills. You can't put a value on his intangibles," he said.
Martin joined his original team, the Timberwolves, in 2009 as their Assistant Director of Player Development.
He is active off the court with his Darrick Martin Foundation which, for the past twelve years, has hosed a Basketball and Book Summer Camp at his old high school in Long Beach, where 200 kids are given basketball instruction and lessons on the importance of reading.