Demetrius Antonio Battie is an American retired professional basketball player. He is an analyst for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. 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, was in his junior year when he scored 18.8 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 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, 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, a second-round pick; the Cavaliers traded Battie to the Orlando Magic for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter, 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; 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 blocker; as his career progressed, Battie's veteran presence was a helpful tool to young, emerging teams like the Magic and the 76ers. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Tony Battie at Basketball-Reference.com
Keith Van Horn
Keith Adam Van Horn is an American retired professional basketball player. The 6 ft 10 in, 240 pounds forward graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar and attended the University of Utah where he went on to be a consensus First Team All-American in 1997. Van Horn finished his career at Utah as the school and Western Athletic Conference male all-time leading scorer and holds numerous other school records, he led Utah to three NCAA Division I top 25 finishes, including their highest ranking in school history. He received. Van Horn was selected with the second pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on a draft night trade. Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002, leading the Nets in scoring in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1999 season, he was a major contributor to the 2001–02 Nets team, leading the team in rebounding and placing second on the team in scoring.
During his NBA career, Van Horn played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. Van Horn retired from the NBA in 2008 and averaged 16.0 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game during his nine-year NBA career. Van Horn was a recruited forward out of Diamond Bar High School in California. Rick Majerus recruited him to the University of Utah Utes to replace departing star Josh Grant, he played for Utah from 1993 to 1997 and received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah. In Van Horn's first season, he averaged a Utah-freshman record 18.3 points on 51 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds per game though his father died during the freshman year. As a sophomore, Van Horn led his team to the NCAA Tournament, he is well known for his last second heroics, making back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 WAC Conference Tournament. In 1997, he shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 22.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to lead the Utes to a 29–4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history.
This led to advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. As a senior, he was a consensus first team All American selection as a senior and was named ESPN Men's College Player of the Year in 1997. Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times, being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all-time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points. Van Horn is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds, he averaged 8.8 rebounds in his collegiate career. His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998. In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah's "All-Century" basketball team. Van Horn was inducted to Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2012. Van Horn was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named to NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the 1998 NBA Playoffs, where they were swept in three games by the Chicago Bulls. His best season as came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game as well as 8.5 rebounds per game. He was an important part of the 2001–02 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Finals, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but was swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals, he hit the game-winning three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Nets to the NBA Finals. He ranks in the Nets' top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three-point field goals made and attempted, offensive and defensive rebounds. On August 6, 2002, Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Todd MacCulloch for center Dikembe Mutombo.
He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the 76ers made the second round of the NBA playoffs. After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks in a four team deal that included the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, his stint with the Knicks, although productive, was short. In order to make salary cap room for the signing of free-agent-to-be Michael Redd in the coming off-season, on February 24, 2005, the Bucks traded Van Horn to the Dallas Mavericks for the expiring contracts of Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash, he spent nearly two seasons with the Mavericks playing a key sixth man role and helping the Mavericks win the Western Conference Finals before losing in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat. Following the 2005 -- 06 season, he took a year off. On February 19, 2008, Van Horn signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks in order to help complete a blockbuster trade that sent Jason Kidd from t
Austin Nathan Croshere is a retired American professional basketball player who played for five different NBA teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association, is now a TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers. Croshere went to Crossroads School in Santa Monica and played college basketball for Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Croshere was the 12th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Indiana Pacers. A 6'10", hard-nosed player who can play the power forward and small forward positions, Croshere has shot 33.9% from three-point range over the course of his ten-year career. In the 1999–2000 NBA season, he had peaked at just the right time as he helped the Pacers advance to the 2000 NBA Finals, marking the Pacers' first Finals appearance since the ABA-NBA merger, he was rewarded for his performance in the regular season and the playoffs with a hefty contract, Croshere played 49 games in 2002-03, averaging a career-low 12.9 minutes per game that season as he fell out of the rotation.
Croshere became an important backup during the Rick Carlisle years, was a key contributor against the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. On September 26, 2008, Larry Bird announced that Croshere was invited to training camp with the Pacers for an opportunity at a second stint, he was waived on October 23, 2008. On July 5, 2006, Croshere was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Marquis Daniels; this move left Jeff Foster as the last Pacer remaining from the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference championship team. Croshere scored a career-high 34 points in a Mavericks 122-102 win against the Seattle SuperSonics on January 30, 2007. On August 3, 2007, Croshere signed with the Golden State Warriors; the 2007-2008 season was the first in Croshere's career. Croshere spent the 2008-09 pre-season with the Indiana Pacers. However, he was waived by the Pacers. On October 27, he was signed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks, he was released January 2009 after averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Croshere was signed to a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs on 16 January 2009. He was released on 28 January after scoring 4 points. In February 2010, Croshere joined Fox Sports Indiana as a pre and post-game analyst for Pacers games, he has served as a color commentator. NBA.com Profile - Austin Croshere NBA biography of Croshere NBA biography of Croshere
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
Derek Anderson (basketball)
Derek Lamont Anderson is an American former professional basketball player. Anderson was a All-Star in the state of Kentucky. Anderson played the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Anderson helped the University of Kentucky win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as part of a team that featured nine future NBA players under their coach Rick Pitino. Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a degree in pharmacy, he was first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA draft, despite missing much of his second senior season at Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He played for Cleveland from 1997 to 1999. On August 4, 1999 he was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Johnny Newman to the L. A. Clippers for Lamond Murray. Anderson was ranked 7th in the NBA in free throw percentage in 1999–2000. Anderson's NBA career was plagued by injuries. In the 2004–2005 season he only played in 8 of the final 42 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, missed similar numbers of games in prior seasons.
On August 3, 2005, he was the first player in the league waived using the so-called "luxury tax amnesty clause" of the 2005 NBA collective bargaining agreement. He would sign with the Houston Rockets as a free agent before being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Gerald Fitch; the Heat would win the 2006 NBA Finals in six games after defeating the Dallas Mavericks to give Anderson his first championship. Anderson was waived by Heat on September 2006, prior to the beginning of the 2006 -- 07 season. Several weeks on November 28, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. Questions about state hall of fame selection process, Bob Watkins, The Spencer Magnet "NBA biography of Derek Anderson". Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2011. ESPN.com – Derek Anderson "Kentucky Wildcats biography". Archived from the original on November 10, 1999. Retrieved September 11, 2011. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown Derek Anderson page on BigBlueHistory.net
Quad City Thunder
The Quad City Thunder were a Continental Basketball Association franchise, based in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. They played in the CBA from the 1987–88 season until the CBA folded in 2001; the Thunder were successful on the court, capturing CBA championships in the 1993–94 and 1997–98 seasons, runner-up in the 1990–91 season. The Thunder played in Moline, first at Wharton Field House before moving to the new MARK of the Quad Cities in 1993; the Thunder first began play at the Wharton Field House in Moline, Illinois, in the 1987–88 season, with 6,047 fans attending the first home game. The Thunder were the first professional basketball franchise in the Quad Cities since the Tri-Cities Blackhawks moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953. A great success in the CBA, the Thunder struggled with attendance towards the end of their existence with competition from their co-tenants at the Mark, the Quad City Mallards hockey team. During their existence, the franchise was owned by Anne Potter DeLong, Jay Gellerman, Isiah Thomas and a Blind Trust.
The Thunder folded. In 1992, history was made when, for the first time in the 45-year history of U. S. professional basketball, a father and son opposed one another as head coaches. Former Thunder Coach Mauro Panaggio went head to head against son Dan Panaggio when Mauro's Rockford Lightning played Dan's Quad City Thunder; the 1993–1994 team went 34–22 under Dan Panaggio. They swept through the playoffs, they first defeated the Rochester Renegades in overtime of a playoff play-in in Bismarck, N. D, they defeated the Grand Rapids Hoops 4–1 in best-of-seven second round. The Thunder defeated the Omaha Racers 4–1, winning last three on road to claim franchise’s first league title; the Thunder won the opener in double overtime after Tate George tied the game with last-second buckets at both the end of regulation and of the first overtime. The Thunder lost the second game in triple overtime, but won three straight in Omaha, the last in overtime. Chris Childs averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 assists in the playoffs, was the Finals MVP and went on to the National Basketball Association.
Other key players were Harold Ellis 21.4ppg, Tate George 16.4, Bobby Martin 13.6, Barry Mitchell 13.0, Matt Fish 7.1RPG, Ashraf Amaya 6.9, Cedric Henderson 6.1. The 1997–98 Thunder finished 38–18 under Dan Panaggio. In the playoffs they swept the Swept La Crosse Catbirds in three games and defeated the Rockford Lightning in five games. In the CBA Finals, they won a deciding seventh at home over the Sioux Falls Skyforce to capture their second CBA Championship. Key players were: Jimmy King 16.4ppg, Jeff McInnis 14.9ppg, Alvin Sims 13.6ppg, Doug Smith 12.8ppg, Willie Burton 11.6, Byron Houston 8.7Rpg, Barry Sumpter. King won league MVP, McInnis was Newcomer of the Year, Sims became the Thunder’s first Rookie of the Year and Dan Panaggio won his second Coach of the Year award; the Thunder and their fans enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the Rockford Lightning. The Thunder's mascot was the Norse god of thunder. Hall of Fame player George Gervin played for the Thunder in 1989–90. Mauro Panaggio 132-88 15-18 Dan Panaggio 313-191 41-30 Bob Thornton 8-13.
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Jelani Marwan McCoy is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'10" power forward/center, he played in the NBA from 1998-2007 for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, he attended college at high school at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California. In 1998, was UCLA's career leader in blocked shots. McCoy was suspended in late September 1997 for violating "unspecified" team rules but reinstated three months later. McCoy compiled NBA career averages of 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was part of the Los Angeles Lakers team that won the 2002 NBA Finals, but he was injured most of the season and was not on their playoff roster. McCoy played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In five games, McCoy averaged 9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. After averaging 8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3.5 assists in two games with the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, McCoy was signed during the 2007-08 season in late November 2007 by the Nuggets to fill their depleted frontcourt after players Kenyon Martin, Nenê and Steven Hunter were unavailable due to injuries.
Mike Wilks was waived to make room on the roster. On December 19, 2007 he was waived by the Denver Nuggets. McCoy started the 2008-09 preseason with the Los Angeles Clippers, but was waived before the start of the season. On January 19, 2006 McCoy signed with Italian club Viola Reggio Calabria. In February 2007, he signed with Spanish club Menorca Bàsquet. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com