Miami Heat reserve forward Shane Battier was honored last week for being voted as the NBA’s teammate of the year. As a result of winning this honorable title, Battier’s charity will receive a $25,000 donation from the league. Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was the runner-up in the voting for the award. Battier, 35, was last year’s runner-up.
Chauncey Billups, now a reserve guard for the Detroit Pistons, was last year’s recipient of the award. Billups was also present during the pregame ceremony for Battier last Saturday (May 24) at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The award, officially named the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award, recognizes the winner for his selflessness, leadership and positive image as a role model. After the ceremony, the Miami Heat went on to defeat the Indiana Pacers 99-87 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
This season Battier has averaged 4.1 points, 0.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. He has won back-to-back NBA championships with the Miami Heat and is a two-time member of the NBA’s All-Defensive team. This is his 13th season in the league.
Battier, a Michigan native, attended Detroit Country Day School. He then played college basketball at Duke University before leaving and entering the NBA. He was a first-round pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.