The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team has named 13-year NBA veteran Darrick Martin as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development. Martin will aid Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development J.B. Bickerstaff with the all of the team’s player development initiatives.
“I’m very excited to welcome Darrick to our staff,” Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis said. “He’s been around this league a long time and will be a tremendous resource for our players, both on and off the court.”
Martin began his NBA career with the Timberwolves, joining the team as a free agent midway through the 1994-95 season. He went on to play 13 seasons in the league, including stints with the Vancouver Grizzlies, L.A. Clippers, Sacramento Kinds, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors. Martin’s best statistical seasons came during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 campaigns, when he appeared in all 82 games both years for the L.A. Clippers and averaged 10.9 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. The UCLA alum owns career averages of 6.9 points and 2.9 assists in 514 career games.
Despite beginning his career with the Timberwolves, Martin is best remembered for his second stint with the team during the 2003-04 season. After joining the Minnesota midway through the season, Martin went on to appear in 16 of Minnesota’s 18 playoff games during the Wolves’ run to the Western Conference Finals, and was the starting point guard for Games 4, 5, and 6 of the conference finals series vs. the L.A. Lakers.