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Shane Battier was signed last summer in a move many saw as okay. Signing a once-great defender and average offensive player was simply mediocre.
Battier was towards the latter end of his career arc and not expected to be the close-to-elite-level defender he once was.
Then he decided he still could play at that level. Battier became a key player in the Heat's title run and was a valuable offensive asset as—like Chalmers and Jones— he could come in, play defense and knock down three-point shots.
As the Heat went with smaller and smaller lineups, Battier's defensive prowess was called into action as he was asked to defend bigger players.
Then came Game Five of the NBA Finals and Battier went off from deep, scoring three-pointer after three-pointer as the Heat broke the game open and finally captured that elusive second championship.