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Battie with the Magic in 2008
|Born|| (1976-02-11) February 11, 1976
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|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|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||4, 40, 7|
|2009–2010||New Jersey Nets|
|Points||5,082 (6.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,287 (5.1 rpg)|
|Blocks||713 (0.9 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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.
NBA career statistics
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- Sixers sign free agent Tony Battie
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