The One Miami Heat Player Who Deserves More Credit
While a lot of the attention for those accolades goes primarily to LeBron James, and then to Dwyane Wade, there's a player named Shane Battier who deserves a lot more credit than he's currently getting.
It's not that Battier is putting up production that rivals that of LeBron or Wade, with just 6.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
It's not even his efficiency—43.2 percent from beyond the arc—that is deserving of higher praise.
Not only has Battier been here before, as a member of the Houston Rockets when they banged out a 22-game winning streak. He's also one of the most disciplined, mature and stable players in the NBA.
If you don't believe me about that, just check out a few seconds or minutes of this interview with Battier after Miami's huge win against the Boston Celtics on March 18.
There's no doubt that Battier is a great presence in the locker room, but he's also a major piece of the Heat's dominance on the court as well.
There's a reason why the Heat won their first NBA title once Battier put on a Heat jersey.
While guys like LeBron and Wade are flying around the court throwing down high-flying alley-oops, Battier is spacing the floor perfectly, taking charges, playing lock-down defense and forcing turnovers.
Take for example, his spectacular play on "Mr. 43" Jeff Green with the game on the line. While the referees blew the call, Battier made a defensive play that 95.5 percent of other players couldn't make without fouling.
Heat fans, take a minute today and be thankful for having Battier on your team, because he is truly at the foundation of Miami's remarkable success.
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