Shane Battier: Player spotlight

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Shane BattierThe player spotlight for this week is Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978) of the Miami Heat. After amazing performances in the first two games of the NBA Finals where he has shot lights out, YourSportsCheckup decided to shed some light on this amazing role player.

Wikipedia tells us…

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Battier was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, and attended Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, where he won many awards including 1997 “Mr. Basketball of Michigan.” He went on to play four years of college basketball at Duke, where he captured the 2001 National Championship and swept the major National Player of the Year awards. Battier was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies and was traded five years later to the Houston Rockets. He was then traded back to the Memphis Grizzles during the 2010-2011 NBA season. His number has been retired by both Detroit Country Day School and Duke University. He is widely known for his aggressive defense and being able to guard the league’s best players.

Battier has been looked at as somewhat of a journeyman, but he has always had a good reputation. Battier is referred to as the glue that can hold a team together. He is not only known for his hard nose defense but as proven these last couple of games against the Oklahoma City Thunder he can shoot the three ball pretty well. He has shot 9-13 69% from behind the arc. Read more here…

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