Miami Heat forward Shane Battier is nearing the end of his 10th professional season following a four-year career at Duke University that left him as one of the most decorated programs the school has ever seen. Following an illustrious high school career at the Detroit Country Day School that saw him win three state championships, the Michigan Mr. Basketball award, and the Naismith Award, Battier played enrolled at Duke and saw playing time as a freshman at the small forward position. During his four-year career at Duke, Battier won a national championship, won Defensive Player of the Year three times, swept the National Player of the Year awards his senior year, and was a two-time Academic All-American.
Battier was drafted with the 6th overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies, where he played for five seasons before leaving to play for the Houston Rockets. Following a four-and-a-half year stint in Houston, Battier finished last season with the Grizzlies before departing in free agency to become a member of the Miami Heat. Battier gives the Heat another elite wing defender in addition to providing a three-point marksman and a veteran locker-room presence. Through 55 games in the lock-out shortened season, Battier has averaged 4.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.2 APG in 23 minutes per game. The Heat are currently the #2 seed in the East, two games behind the conference-leading Chicago Bulls, and have already clinched a playoff berth. Stay tuned for updates on Battier’s quest for his first NBA Championship.