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Shane Battier
Shane Battier
Battier during Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals
Personal information
Born September 9, 1978 (age 34)
Birmingham, Michigan
Nationality U.S. Flag American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Detroit Country Day School
(Beverly Hills, Michigan
College Duke (1997-2001)
NBA Draft 2001/ Round: 1 / Pick: 6th
Pro career 2001-2014 (13 years)
Position Small forward
Jersey no. 31
Career history
2001-2006 Memphis Grizzlies
2006-2011 Houston Rockets
2011 Memphis Grizzlies
2011-2014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× NBA champion (2012–2013)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008–2009)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)
  • NBA Teammate of the Year (2014)
  • NCAA champion (2001)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2001)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2001)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (2000)
  • Naismith College Player of the Year (2001)
  • AP College Player of the Year (2001)
  • John R. Wooden Award (2001)
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy (2001)
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy (2001)
  • Sporting News College Player of the Year (2001)
  • 3× NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1999–2001)
  • ACC co-Player of the Year (2001)
  • Academic All-American of the Year (2001)
  • No. 31 retired by Duke

Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978 in Birmingham, Michigan) is an American retired professional basketball player.

Battier started his basketball career at Detroit Country Day School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he won many awards including 1997 "Mr. Basketball" while playing for coach Kurt Keener. Battier went on to attend Duke University, where he played under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He led the Blue Devils to two Final Fours, in 1999 and 2001. The Blue Devils lost to the Connecticut Huskies in the 1999 finals, but came back to win the national championship by defeating the Arizona Wildcats two years later. He even had his number 31 retired by the Blue Devils. Coincidentally, the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Blue Devils won the 2001 championship, was the very same building in which they won the 1992 championship with Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, and Bobby Hurley leading the way. Battier himself drew many comparisons to Hill, and he played all four years at Duke. (No Blue Devils player had left Duke early for the NBA until 1999, when Battier's teammates Elton Brand, William Avery, and Corey Maggette decided to leave.)

Battier was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the sixth pick of the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft. He was the Grizzlies' first draft pick since the team relocated from Vancouver, Canada after six years.

Battier is a player with exceptional skills on both offense and defense. He can score inside, as well as hit the three-pointer with ease. He can play three positions: Shooting Guard, Power Forward and Small Forward.

On June 28, 2006, Battier was traded by the Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Stromile Swift and the Rockets' number 8 selection in the 2006 NBA Draft (Rudy Gay).

He once told ESPN Magazine's Stuart Scott: "I don't know what I will end up doing post-basketball. I've always been intrigued by politics. I may be a bit too idealistic to run for office. We'll see." [1]

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