Rafa Martínez

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Rafa Martínez
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Rafael Martínez with Valencia Basket.
No. 10 – RETAbet Bilbao Basket
PositionShooting guard
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (1982-03-03) 3 March 1982 (age 37)
Barcelona, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Listed height6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2004 / Undrafted
Playing career1999–present
Career history
1998–2000Manresa
2000–2001Vic
2001–2003Valls
2003–2008Manresa
2008–2019Valencia
2019–presentBilbao
Career highlights and awards

Rafael Martínez Aguilera (born 3 March 1982), known as Rafa Martínez, is a Spanish professional basketball player for RETAbet Bilbao Basket of the Liga ACB. He also represented the Spain national team internationally. He plays the shooting guard position.

Professional career[edit]

Rafa Martínez started playing basketball for Basquet Manresa eventually rising from the club's junior team ranks. The team previously played in the Spanish second division LEB but was promoted to the ACB for the 1999-2000 season where on October 9, 1999 he made his professional debut in the top Spanish league against FC Barcelona. The following season he spent in the Basketball team CB Vic. After spending two years in the Valls Felix Hotel in LEB-2, he returned to the Basquet Manresa in 2003.

In 2008, Martínez joined Valencia Basket. He won the EuroCup in the 2009–10. Along with that, Martínez had the highest three-point percentage in the Liga ACB that season. In the 2013–14 season, he won the Eurocup for the second time.

On 14 March 2017 Martínez became the all-time three-point field goals leader of the EuroCup after passing Marko Popović with 208 three-pointers.[1]

First all-time pointer of valencia basket since 26 February 2019 in the match against San Pablo Burgos team, surpassing Brad Branson.

On July 10, 2019, Martínez signed with RETAbet Bilbao Basket of the Liga ACB.[2]

Spain national team[edit]

He has been with the Spain national team from the youth level. With the U-20 he won the silver medal at the U-20 European Basketball Championship 2002 played in Vilnius (Lithuania), and won the bronze medal with the B-team at the Mediterranean Games 2005 played in Almería (Spain).

In June 2010 he was included on the list of 24 candidates for the Spain national team,[3] but did not make the final 12-man roster for 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Valencia Basket 21 21 29.0 .416 .375 .769 2.1 1.5 .8 .0 10.7 8.4
2014–15 Valencia 10 6 13.1 .242 .136 .714 .8 .7 .5 .0 2.4 1.0
Career 31 27 23.9 .388 .331 .763 1.7 1.3 .7 .0 8.0 6.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valencia's Martinez becomes EuroCup's three-point king". Sportando.com. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ "ACB.COM - Rafa Martínez, nuevo 'hombre de negro'". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 10 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ Spain 2010 Pre-Selection Roster Turkey

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