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Texas Tech Pros: Demetrius Antonio Battie

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Written By: Philip Casteel - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born on February 11, 1976 in Dallas, Texas, Demetrius Antonio Battie attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and played college basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He ended his career at Tech as the school's all-time leader in blocked shots with an incredible 162 blocked shots.

Battie was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 NBA Draft where he played one season. He then played for the Boston Celtics. He remained with the Celtics for six years before moving on to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers traded him to the Orlando Magic.

On June 25, 2009, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. In July 2010 he signed a contract with Philadelphia 76ers. The contract is a one-year deal for the veterans' minimum, which, for a player with 10-plus seasons like Battie, is worth approximately $1.4 million. His 2010 salary is approximately $6.6 million. Battie will begin his 13th NBA season this year. The 6'11" forward-center is known for his defense, rebounding, and hustle.

On top of all of his accomplishments in the NBA, Battie can add being a hero to his resume. On September 25, 2000, Battie, along with his brother, saved his teammate, Paul Pierce, by rushing him to a nearby hospital after a near-fatal stabbing.

Regular season

GP

GS

MPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

772

418

22.0

.490

.143

.690

5.3

.6

.5

.9

6.4

Playoffs

GP

GS

MPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

                     

51

30

17.1

.495

.000

.553

4.0

.4

.3

.9

4.4

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