Shane Battier

Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for various teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also been a member of the U.S. national basketball team.

Battier was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, and attended Detroit Country Day School in nearby Beverly Hills, where he won many awards including the 1997 Mr. Basketball award. 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 (who soon became the Memphis Grizzlies). He was traded five years later to the Houston Rockets, and was then traded back to the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2010–2011 NBA season. He signed with the Miami Heat in 2011. His number has been retired by both Detroit Country Day School and Duke University. He has been recognized for his aggressive defense and has "routinely guarded the league's most dangerous offensive players".[1] He is the only basketball player to have ever won both the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award (1997) and the Naismith College Player of the Year (2001).[2] Battier won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

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Battier in 2016
Miami Heat
PositionDirector of Basketball Analytics and Development
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornSeptember 9, 1978 (age 40)
Birmingham, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolDetroit Country Day School
(Beverly Hills, Michigan)
CollegeDuke (1997–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Playing career2001–2014
PositionSmall forward
Number31
Career history
20012006Memphis Grizzlies
20062011Houston Rockets
2011Memphis Grizzlies
20112014Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points8,408 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds4,082 (4.2 rpg)
Assists1,717 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early years

Battier was an outlier from his childhood; by the time he entered Country Day as a seventh-grader, he was already 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), and was 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) a year later. He was also the only child in the school with a black father and a white mother. As Michael Lewis put it in a 2009 article, the young Battier "was shuttling between a black world that treated him as white and a white world that treated him as black."[1] More specifically in the context of basketball, Lewis noted that "the inner-city kids with whom he played on the Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) circuit treated Battier like a suburban kid with a white game, and the suburban kids he played with during the regular season treated him like a visitor from the planet where they kept the black people."[1]

College career

Battier graduated from Detroit Country Day School with a 3.96 grade point average and was named the school's outstanding student in his senior year.[1] He went on to attend Duke, where he played four years under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. While at Duke, Battier was often the best defender on the court. He frequently took charges which prompted the Cameron Crazies to chant, "Who's your daddy? Battier!" He led the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball to two Final Fours, in 1999 and 2001, though his team in 1998 squandered a late 17-point lead to eventual national champion Kentucky in the regional finals. The Blue Devils lost to the Connecticut Huskies in the 1999 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, but came back to win the national championship by defeating the Arizona Wildcats two years later. In 2001, Battier swept the major National Player of the Year awards, and subsequently had his jersey number 31 retired by the Blue Devils. Additionally, Battier was a three-time awardee of the NABC Defensive Player of the Year. Battier (778) and Jason Williams on the 2001 national championship team were one of only two Duke duos to each score over 700 points in a season, the other duo being Jon Scheyer (728) and Kyle Singler (707) in the 2009–10 season.[3] Battier graduated from Duke with a major in religion.[4]

After the conclusion of his college career, Battier was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team. Battier was a two-time Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the year in 2001.[5]

He was second behind Jon Scheyer in the Duke record book for minutes played in a single season as of March 28, 2010, and had 36 double-figure scoring games in a single season (tied for 5th-most in Duke history, with Scheyer, Jason Williams, and J. J. Redick).[6] Battier also held the unofficial record among NCAA Division I men's players for most games won in a career with 131, a record that would fall in 2017 to Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski.[7]

NBA career

Memphis Grizzlies (2001–2006)

Battier was selected by the Grizzlies with the sixth pick of the first round of the 2001 NBA draft. At the time, the Grizzlies were in the process of moving from Vancouver to Memphis. Pau Gasol of Spain was selected in the same draft with the number three pick, by the Atlanta Hawks, then traded to the Grizzlies.

Battier was a versatile player with the size to play inside and the range to score from further out (particularly the corner three-pointer). However, he made his living as a hustle player on the defensive end, where he defended three positions (shooting guard, power forward, small forward) with a high degree of skill, netted a good number of blocks and steals, dove for loose balls, and frequently drew offensive fouls from his opponent.

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Battier defending Kobe Bryant.

Houston Rockets (2006–2011)

On June 28, 2006, Battier was traded by the Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Stromile Swift and the Rockets' number 8 selection Rudy Gay in the 2006 NBA draft.[8]

Battier has often been called[9][10] "the ultimate glue guy" for playing sound, fundamental, team-oriented basketball, making his teammates more effective without flash or padding his own stats, and for making the most of his skills with discipline and hustle rather than raw athleticism.[11] He's also known[12] for his extensive preparation in studying the opposing team and the player he is assigned to guard: "I try to prepare for my opponent as thoroughly as possible. I want to know every angle on the man I am guarding to give me an edge. I read many, many pages and go over strengths and weaknesses many times before a game. 'Proper preparation prevents poor performance.' That is a motto I like."[13] The Rockets made him the team's only player with access to its highly sophisticated statistical data that they compiled on all opposing players; he used this data to become familiar with the tendencies of the players he would guard in each game.[1] In a game between the Rockets and San Antonio Spurs in the 2007–08 season in which he was assigned to guard Manu Ginóbili, because Ginóbili was playing off the bench and his minutes were not in sync with those of typical NBA starters, Battier went to Rockets coach Rick Adelman before the game and asked to be kept out of the starting lineup and substituted in whenever Ginóbili entered the game. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey later said about the incident, "No one in the NBA does that. No one says put me on the bench so I can guard their best scorer all the time."[1]

He played for the US national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning a bronze medal.[14]

On February 17, 2010, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Battier scored 20 points, shooting 6–6 from 3-point territory, to go along with his 10 rebounds. During the latter part of the season, Battier lost his starting spot to the returning Trevor Ariza. Battier, however, made it perfectly clear that starting a game or hearing his name before a game was not important to him. On March 21, 2010 in a game against the New York Knicks, Battier suffered a season-ending knee injury.

On December 17, Battier recorded his first double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points (including 5 three-pointers) and 10 rebounds to go with 5 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal. On January 24, 2011, Battier scored a season-high 19 points (including 5 three-pointers) in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On February 5, Battier recorded a season-high 13 rebounds in an overtime win over the Utah Jazz. On February 14, Battier went a perfect 7–7 from the field (including 3–3 on three-pointers), finishing with 17 points, in a 121–102 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Return to Memphis (2011)

On February 24, Battier was traded by the Houston Rockets back to the Memphis Grizzlies, where Battier was originally drafted and played the first years of his career, in exchange for center Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, and a 1st round draft pick. On April 17, with Memphis down by two, Battier made the game-winning three, helping Memphis to its first playoff win in franchise history, following losses in its first 12 playoff games.

Miami Heat (2011–2014)

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Battier as a member of the Heat in 2012

Battier signed on as a member of the Heat on December 9, 2011.[15] On March 2, 2012, Battier scored a season-high 18 points, going 6–7 from the three-point line, in a one-point loss to the Utah Jazz. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, Battier recorded his first career playoff double-double in a 93–79 win. In the 2012 NBA Finals, Battier scored 58 points in five games, and won his first NBA Championship. His 11.6 points per game exceeded his 4.8 average in the 2011–12 regular season, and he made 15–26 three-point shots. His 57.7 three point shooting percentage in the 2012 NBA Finals is the highest three point shooting percentage ever recorded by a player who made 15 or more three-pointers in an NBA Finals series.[16][17][18][19]

During the 2012–13 regular season, Battier and the Heat won 27 consecutive games, establishing the NBA's second-longest winning streak (behind the 33 consecutive games won by the Lakers in the 1971–72 season). A speech given by Battier following the Super Bowl has been credited with sparking the 27-game win streak.[20] The winning streak was snapped on March 27, 2013, when the Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls. The Heat surpassed the 22-game winning streak recorded by the 2007–08 Rockets, for whom Battier also played. Battier became the only player in NBA history to have been a part of two 20-game winning streaks. Battier struggled with his shooting in the playoffs until scoring 18 points (6 of 8 3-point field goals) in an intense Game 7 against the Spurs to win his second championship. While being awarded the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, Battier was asked to speak about his performance, and concisely said that "it's better to be timely than good".[21]

In March 2014, Battier announced his intentions to retire following the 2013–14 season.[22] The Heat went on to their fourth straight NBA Finals, Battier's third, but lost to the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. Afterward, Battier retired.[23]

He worked as a commentator for ESPN for roughly a year before mutually deciding to part ways.

On February 16, 2017, Battier re-joined the Heat in their front office, as the director of basketball development and analytics.

Personal life

In summer 2004, Battier married Heidi Ufer, his high school sweetheart.[24] They had their first son, Zeke Edward Battier, on June 2, 2008. On April 17, 2011, Heidi had their second child, a daughter named Eloise.

Battier is a co-owner of D1 Sports Training in Memphis.[25] In 2010 Battier was chosen as the seventh-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.[4] Battier has said that following United States Senator Carl Levin's 2013 announcement of retirement, the Michigan Democratic Party contacted Battier to gauge his interest in potentially running for the Senate, but he was not interested in running.[26] In August 2015, he lost his younger brother, Jeremy (football star at Detroit Country Day and former Duke football player, but sidelined by concussion injuries) to the ever-growing heroin epidemic. Not too long after Jeremy's death, Jeremy's wife, Dr. Shawna, died from an heroin overdose as well. They both ran a chic and successful dental boutique (Seven Star Dental) in Ohio.

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
Denotes seasons in which Battier won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Memphis 78 78 39.7 .429 .373 .700 5.4 2.8 1.6 1.0 14.4
2002–03 Memphis 78 47 30.6 .483 .398 .828 4.4 1.3 1.3 1.1 9.7
2003–04 Memphis 79 1 24.6 .446 .349 .732 3.9 1.3 1.3 .7 8.5
2004–05 Memphis 80 72 31.5 .442 .395 .789 5.2 1.6 1.1 1.0 9.9
2005–06 Memphis 81 81 35.0 .488 .394 .707 5.3 1.7 1.1 1.4 10.1
2006–07 Houston 82 82 36.4 .446 .421 .779 4.1 2.1 1.0 .7 10.1
2007–08 Houston 80 78 36.3 .428 .377 .743 5.1 1.9 1.0 1.1 9.3
2008–09 Houston 60 59 33.9 .410 .384 .821 4.8 2.3 .8 .9 7.3
2009–10 Houston 67 62 32.4 .398 .362 .726 4.7 2.4 .8 1.1 8.0
2010–11 Houston 59 59 30.8 .456 .391 .645 4.8 2.6 .9 1.2 8.6
2010–11 Memphis 23 0 24.2 .426 .333 .882 4.0 1.4 .7 .4 5.0
2011–12 Miami 65 10 23.1 .387 .339 .622 2.4 1.3 1.0 .5 4.8
2012–13 Miami 72 20 24.8 .420 .430 .842 2.3 1.0 .6 .8 6.6
2013–14 Miami 73 56 20.1 .382 .348 .652 1.9 .9 .7 .5 4.1
Career 977 705 30.7 .437 .384 .743 4.2 1.8 1.0 .9 8.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Memphis 4 0 17.3 .400 .429 .667 3.0 .3 .0 .3 4.8
2005 Memphis 4 4 29.8 .419 .143 .400 6.8 1.5 .5 1.0 7.3
2006 Memphis 4 4 32.3 .500 .286 .333 5.8 .5 1.0 .5 6.0
2007 Houston 7 7 38.9 .451 .442 .875 2.6 2.1 1.7 1.0 10.3
2008 Houston 6 6 41.0 .444 .480 .727 3.8 .5 1.0 .8 10.0
2009 Houston 13 13 38.2 .407 .315 .957 4.9 2.4 1.1 .7 8.1
2011 Memphis 13 0 26.1 .439 .276 .667 4.0 1.2 .5 .5 5.5
2012 Miami 23 16 33.4 .379 .382 .813 3.2 1.2 1.0 .6 7.0
2013 Miami 22 0 17.8 .290 .295 .821 1.7 .5 .2 .3 4.7
2014 Miami 16 6 12.6 .462 .450 .800 .6 .3 .3 .1 2.3
Career 112 56 27.1 .398 .356 .778 3.0 1.0 .7 .5 6.1

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External links

2000 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 2000 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

2000–01 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

The 2000–01 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team was a Division I college basketball team that competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Under the leadership of All-American duo Shane Battier and Jason "Jay" Williams, coach Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils won their third national championship in program history.

2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 8, 2000, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2001 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Duke Blue Devils won their third NCAA national championship with an 82–72 victory over the Arizona Wildcats.

2001 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 8–11 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia Dome. Duke won the tournament for the third year in a row, defeating North Carolina in the championship game. Duke's Shane Battier won the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.

Duke went on to win the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in the following weeks. It was their third national championship. Duke defeated ACC rival Maryland in the Final Four. Duke also defeated Maryland in the ACC semifinal round.

The 2001 ACC Tournament Championship Game pitted the #1 and #2 seeds against each other for the second consecutive year.

The 2001 edition of the ACC Tournament was the first one held in the Georgia Dome. The tournament had previously been held in Atlanta at the Omni. The tournament returned to the Georgia Dome in 2009.

2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball for the 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It began on March 13, 2001, with the play-in game, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Minneapolis, at the Metrodome. A total of 64 games were played.

This tournament is the first to feature 65 teams, due to the Mountain West Conference receiving an automatic bid for the first time. This meant that 31 conferences would have automatic bids to the tournament. The NCAA decided to maintain 34 at-large bids, which necessitated a play-in game between the #64 and #65 ranked teams, with the winner playing against a #1 seed in the first round. (Another option would have been to reduce the number of at-large bids to 33, which was the option chosen for the women's tournament.) This is also the first tournament to have been broadcast in high-definition, being broadcast on CBS.

This was the last tournament where the first- and second-round sites were tied to specific regionals. The "pod system" was instituted for the 2002 tournament to keep as many teams as possible closer to their campus in the first two rounds.

The Final Four consisted of Duke, making their second appearance in the Final Four in three years, Maryland, making their first appearance, Michigan State, the defending national champions, and Arizona, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1997.

Duke defeated Arizona 82-72 in the national championship game to win their third national title and first since 1992. Shane Battier of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

2001 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 2001 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the Grizzlies’ 7th season in the National Basketball Association, and their first season in Memphis. After six years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team from 1970–1975. During the offseason, the Grizzlies acquired rookie Pau Gasol, Brevin Knight and former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright from the Atlanta Hawks, while acquiring Jason Williams from the Sacramento Kings. However, Bryant Reeves missed the entire season due to a preseason back injury, while Michael Dickerson played just four games due to a groin injury.

The Grizzlies made their debut on November 1 at the Pyramid. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90–80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season. Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98–83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17, for the franchise's first win in Memphis. The Grizzlies would finish in last place in the Midwest Division with a 23–59 record.

The highlight of the season was the contribution of two rookies. Gasol led the team with 17.6 points per game and was named Rookie of The Year. Top draft pick and Duke alumnus Shane Battier had a solid 14.4 points per game, while Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game. The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114–108. Following the season, Reeves retired after six seasons in the NBA, and veteran forward Grant Long was released.

2008–09 Houston Rockets season

The 2008–09 Houston Rockets season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Despite a season-ending knee injury to Tracy McGrady, the Rockets breezed past the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, but could not defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Dikembe Mutombo, who entered his 18th and final season, was injured in Game 2 of the first round and announced his retirement, ending his 18-year NBA career. Besides losing Mutombo, Yao Ming missed most of the second round due to a foot injury that required off-season surgery. Before the season, the team acquired Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace), who was known for his violent temper. Following the season, Artest signed as a free agent with the Lakers. The Rockets would not return to the postseason until 2013.

2009–10 Houston Rockets season

The 2009–10 Houston Rockets season was the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The news broke in the off-season when center Yao Ming would miss the upcoming season due to foot surgery. This injury would soon be considered career-threatening. Mid-season, All-Star Tracy McGrady, who was working his way back from knee surgery that kept him out of last season, was traded to the New York Knicks. Despite losing two All-Stars, the Rockets finished 42–40, but did not clinch a playoff spot.

2010–11 Houston Rockets season

The 2010–11 Houston Rockets season was the 44th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 40th based in Houston. This season was Yao Ming's last in the NBA as he played only 5 games because of recurring injuries that interrupted his career. Despite his injuries, he was selected to play in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game as a starter, but he was unable to participate. Yao would then retire during the 2011 NBA lockout after playing only nine seasons in the NBA.

The Rockets ended the season with a 43–39 record without the playoffs. After the season, head coach Rick Adelman was fired after four seasons with the team.

A Date with Luyu

A Date With Luyu (also spelled A Date With Lu Yu) (simplified Chinese: 鲁豫有约; traditional Chinese: 魯豫有約; pinyin: Lǔyù Yǒu Yuē) is a popular Chinese television talk show that airs on Phoenix Television. Because the show emulates the success and format of The Oprah Winfrey Show, its host and creator, Chen Luyu, has been called "China's Oprah". The show includes a studio audience of about 300. The show covers a wide range of issues: interviewees range from artists and musicians such as Li Yundi, business leaders such as Robin Li, diplomatic figures such as US ambassador to China Gary Locke, academics such as Prof Michael Dobson and sports figures such as Shane Battier. She is also willing to address controversial subjects.It is noted that some interviews are conducted in English, with Chinese subtitles, as was the cases when Lu Yu interviewed Wentworth Miller, Nick Vujicic, and Hillary Clinton with Timothy Geithner. Audience members are required to understand English in these instances, because Lu Yu has warned about problems with interviews being done entirely in a single language, i.e. Mandarin Chinese

Luyu averages 140 million viewers per show.

Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the men's basketball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) voted as the most outstanding player. It has been presented since the league's first season, 1953–54, by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and beginning in 2012–13 has also been presented in separate voting by the league's head coaches. The award was first given to Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest, and the coaches' award was first presented in 2013 to Shane Larkin of Miami.Two players have won the award three times: David Thompson of North Carolina State and Ralph Sampson of Virginia. Hemric, Len Chappell, Larry Miller, John Roche, Len Bias, Danny Ferry, Tim Duncan and J. J. Redick have won the award twice. There have been two ties in the award's history, which occurred at the end of the 2000–01 and 2012–13 seasons: In 2000–01 Joseph Forte of North Carolina and Shane Battier of Duke shared the award; and Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Larkin shared honors in 2012–13. Green and Larkin split the honor in the first year that the ACC began voting for players of the year by the conference's coaches and media separately (the media chose Green while the coaches chose Larkin).Sixteen players have received either the Naismith or Wooden National Player of the Year awards in the same season that they received an ACC Player of the Year award. Duke's Zion Williamson is the most recent player to achieve this (2019). Each of the original 1953 ACC members has had at least one of its players win the award. Five ACC members have not had a winner: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. However, of these schools, only Florida State joined the ACC before 2013.

Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre

The Dongguan Basketball Center (Chinese: 东莞篮球中心), also referred as Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Center (Chinese: 东风日产文体中心) for sponsorship reasons, is an indoor arena located in Dongguan, China. It is used mostly for basketball matches and concerts. Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association are the tenants.

Dongguan Basketball Center opened on 31 August 2014. Yao Ming's Yao Foundation Charity Game 2014, contested by Tony Parker, Shane Battier, Carl Landry, Troy Daniels, Wang Zhelin, Guo Ailun and Zhou Peng, was held as the opening match. It was renamed Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Center on the same day when Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company acquired the naming rights to the Center. Guangdong Southern Tigers of Chinese Basketball Association had played at the Dongfeng Nissan Center since the 2014–15 CBA playoffs.Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Center also hold 2015 Sudirman Cup between 10 and 17 May 2015.

Hoop (magazine)

HOOP is an official NBA publication, produced by Professional Sports Publications. The magazine features in-depth interviews with players, and also highlights the players' lives off the court.

Other popular sections include celebrity interviews and Dance Life. The magazine also profiles the latest in sneakers, basketball-related clothing, as well as music, DVDs and technology.Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash answers readers' questions in his "Straight Shooter" column. Golden State Warriors guard Nate Robinson is the player video game editor and Miami Heat forward Shane Battier serves as Tech Editor and reviews products online for hoopmag.com.

HOOP also publishes international editions such as HOOP Japan, which features basketball English lessons from English, baby!

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

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Memphis Grizzlies accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies draft history

The Memphis Grizzlies were first located in Vancouver after the National Basketball Association (NBA) granted the city an expansion team on April 27, 1994, and they first participated in the NBA draft in 1995. However, the Grizzlies win-loss record after six seasons was only 101-359 (.220), and on July 4, 2001, the league's board of governors approved a move to Memphis, where the team has been located ever since.In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time. Before each draft, an NBA draft lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.Five of the players that the Grizzlies have drafted were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team first team in their respective rookie seasons—Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1997, Mike Bibby in 1999, Shane Battier and Pau Gasol in 2002, and Rudy Gay in 2007 —and Gasol was named the Rookie of the Year in 2002.

NABC Defensive Player of the Year

The NABC Defensive Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to recognize the top defensive player in United States college basketball. The award has been given since 1987 and was previously known as the Henry Iba Corinthian Award, named after Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba, who coached at Oklahoma State University from 1934–1970.

Duke University has dominated the award with six recipients who have won a total of nine awards. The only other schools with more than one recipient are Connecticut, with two recipients who combined for four awards, and Ohio State, Kentucky, and Virginia with two recipients who each won the award once. Three players have been named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions—Stacey Augmon of UNLV (1989–91), Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1995–97), and Shane Battier of Duke (1999–2001). Greg Oden (2007) and Anthony Davis (2012) are the only freshmen to have won the award.

Two winners of this award were born outside the main territory of the United States. Duncan was born in the United States Virgin Islands, an insular area of the U.S.; by U.S. law, all natives of the USVI are U.S. citizens by birth. Hasheem Thabeet, the 2008 and 2009 winner, is a native of Tanzania.

Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

The Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award that recognizes the league's "ideal teammate" who exemplifies "selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team." The award is named after Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. The two played together on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958 until Stokes' career was cut short after he suffered a head injury from a fall during a game against the Minneapolis Lakers. Stokes would later become paralyzed due to post-traumatic encephalopathy; a brain injury that damages the motor-control center. Twyman then became Stokes' legal guardian and advocate until Stokes died in 1970.

Every year, 12 players, six from each conference, are selected by a panel of NBA legends as nominees. NBA players then cast votes for the award, with ten points given for each first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, five points for third, three points for fourth, and one point for each fifth-place vote received. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. The winner of this award is presented with the Twyman–Stokes Trophy. As a part of the award, the NBA also makes a $25,000 donation to charity of the recipient's choice.Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was the inaugural winner of the award in 2013. That year, Miami Heat forward Shane Battier finished second and New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd placed third.

Shane Battier would then win the award for the 2013–14 season. Al Jefferson came in second and Dirk Nowitzki finished third.

Tim Duncan went on to win the award for the 2014–15 season. Vince Carter came in second and Elton Brand finished third. After coming in at second the previous year, Carter won the award for the 2015–16 season. Nowitzki is the only international player to win the award. The most recent winner was Jamal Crawford.

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