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Tony Battie
Tony Battie
Battie with the Magic in 2008.
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Position: Power Forward / Center
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Demetrius Antonio Battie
Born: February 11, 1976 (1976-02-11) (age 48)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1997 for the Denver Nuggets
Final game: 2012 for the Philadelphia 76ers
Career information
High school: South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
College: Texas Tech (1994-1997)
NBA Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career: 19972012 (15 years)
Career history
1997-1998 Denver Nuggets
1998-2003 Boston Celtics
2003-2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004-2009 Orlando Magic
2009-2010 New Jersey Nets
2011-2012 Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Tony Battie at NBA.com

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

High school and college career[]

Battie attended South Oak Cliff High School 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Personal life[]

In September 2000, Battie's then teammate, Paul Pierce, was stabbed at the Buzz Club, a late night dance club in the Boston Theater District; Battie and his brother saved Pierce by rushing him to a nearby hospital.

NBA career statistics[]

Legend
  GP Games 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[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997-98 Denver 65 49 23.2 .446 .214 .702 5.4 .9 .8 1.1 8.4
1998-99 Boston 50 15 22.4 .519 .000 .672 6.0 1.1 .6 1.4 6.7
1999-00 Boston 82 4 18.4 .477 .125 .675 5.0 .8 .6 .9 6.6
2000-01 Boston 40 25 21.1 .537 .000 .638 5.8 .4 .7 1.5 6.5
2001-02 Boston 74 73 24.6 .541 .000 .413 6.5 .5 .8 .9 6.9
2002-03 Boston 67 62 25.1 .539 .200 .746 6.5 .7 .5 1.2 7.3
2003-04 Boston 23 6 21.8 .479 1.000 .697 5.1 .9 .3 .9 5.9
2003-04 Cleveland 50 1 19.5 .427 .125 .768 4.8 .7 .4 .9 5.4
2004-05 Orlando 81 32 23.4 .460 .000 .723 5.6 .5 .4 1.0 4.9
2005-06 Orlando 82 82 27.0 .507 .000 .664 5.6 .6 .6 .8 7.9
2006-07 Orlando 66 66 23.9 .489 .000 .675 5.2 .5 .4 .5 6.1
2008-09 Orlando 77 3 15.6 .489 .222 .659 3.6 .4 .3 .3 4.8
2009-10 New Jersey 15 0 8.9 .350 .250 .700 1.5 .2 .3 .1 2.4
2010-11 Philadelphia 38 0 9.9 .469 .667 .571 2.6 .3 .1 .4 2.6
2011-12 Philadelphia 27 11 10.9 .373 .000 1.000 2.5 .6 .1 .2 1.6
Career 837 429 21.1 .488 .162 .690 5.1 .6 .5 .9 6.1

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Boston 16 16 27.7 .488 .000 .619 7.6 .8 .6 1.9 6.1
2003 Boston 10 10 21.3 .564 .000 .500 4.9 .5 .4 1.4 6.6
2007 Orlando 4 4 21.8 .389 .000 .250 4.0 .3 .0 .0 3.8
2009 Orlando 21 0 6.1 .467 .000 .600 1.0 .1 .0 .1 2.1
2011 Philadelphia 5 0 7.6 .429 .000 .500 2.0 .0 .0 .6 1.4
Career 56 30 16.2 .493 .000 .550 3.9 .4 .3 .9 4.1
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