Tony Battie

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Tony Battie

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Battie with the Magic in 2008
Personal information
Born (1976-02-11) February 11, 1976 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
College Texas Tech (1994–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 1997–2012
Position Power forward / Center
Number 4, 40, 7
Career history
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets
19982003 Boston Celtics
2003–2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
20042009 Orlando Magic
2009–2010 New Jersey Nets
20102012 Philadelphia 76ers
Career statistics
Points 5,082 (6.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,287 (5.1 rpg)
Blocks 713 (0.9 bpg)
Stats at

Demetrius Antonio Battie (born February 11, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is currently an analyst for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Orlando Magic American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

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High school and college career

Battie attended South Oak Cliff High School [1] in Dallas and played college basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he ended his career as the school all-time leader in blocked shots with 162 blocks. His best season, statistically, was in his junior year when he scored 18.8 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. [2]

South Oak Cliff High School is a public secondary school located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas (USA). South Oak Cliff High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).

College basketball Amateur Basketball consisting of current students of colleges or universities.

College basketball today is governed by collegiate athletic bodies including the United States's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Governing bodies in Canada include U Sports and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Each of these various organizations are subdivided into from one to three divisions based on the number and level of scholarships that may be provided to the athletes.

NBA career

Battie was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 NBA draft, where he played one season. He was traded to Los Angeles Lakers along with Tyronn Lue for Nick Van Exel in 1998, and that same year, he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Travis Knight. He remained with the Celtics for six years before he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Eric Williams and Kedrick Brown in exchange for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a second-round pick. The Cavaliers traded Battie to the Orlando Magic for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter, and the Magic's second-round draft pick, Anderson Varejão. [3] On June 25, 2009, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee in exchange for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson. [4] In July, 2010 Battie signed a contract with Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent. He would spend the last two seasons with the 76ers before announcing his retirement. [5]

Denver Nuggets professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado

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Battie was a solid role player who only became more valuable with age. As an offensive player, he lacked the skills to be an effective scorer, but he still developed an adept mid-range jump shot. Battie's worth came from his perfected offensive and defensive screens which aided in the team strategy. On the defensive side, Battie was an average rebounder and blocker. As his career progressed, Battie's veteran presence was a helpful tool to young, emerging teams like the Magic and the 76ers. [6]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames 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 Bold Career high

Regular season

1997–98 Denver 654923.2.446.214.7025.
1998–99 Boston 501522.4.519.000.6726.
1999–00 Boston 82418.4.477.125.6755.
2000–01 Boston 402521.1.537.000.6385.
2001–02 Boston 747324.6.541.000.4136.
2002–03 Boston 676225.1.539.200.7466.
2003–04 Boston 23621.8.4791.000.6975.
2003–04 Cleveland 50119.5.427.125.7684.
2004–05 Orlando 813223.4.460.000.7235.
2005–06 Orlando 828227.0.507.000.6645.
2006–07 Orlando 666623.9.489.000.6755.
2008–09 Orlando 77315.6.489.222.6593.
2009–10 New Jersey 1508.9.350.250.7001.
2010–11 Philadelphia 3809.9.469.667.5712.
2011–12 Philadelphia 271110.9.373.0001.0002.


2002 Boston 161627.7.488.000.6197.
2003 Boston 101021.3.564.000.5004.
2007 Orlando 4421.8.389.000.2504.
2009 Orlando 2106.1.467.000.6001.
2011 Philadelphia 507.6.429.000.5002.

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  5. Sixers sign free agent Tony Battie
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