Shane Battier has been a core part of the Miami Heat roster in the last two championship seasons. While his stats dropped at times through shooting slumps during the 2012-2013 regular season, he bounced back during the post season when he was needed most with a spectacular shooting performance in game 7 of the NBA finals. Battier went 6 for 8 from beyond the arc, finishing with 18 points, and 4 rebounds to help the Miami Heat franchise win their third ring. Nevertheless it's worth regarding that despite the in-season slumps, Battier has sported his best season (stat-wise) in three years. Averaging 6.6 points per game, 2.1 steals, and 2.3 blocks. For a thirty four year old veteran his stat line is quite impressive.
However, what the stat line doesn't contain, is his will to win. Shane Battier is the type of player coaches love to have on their team. He does the dirty grind work in order to ensure his team is victorious. At times it's almost as if Shane Battier doesn't care for his body as he leaps for a loose ball, or stands tall in the face of danger to take a charge.
Regardless of these physical blows, he always rises for the following play.
Battier has the reputation throughout the league as a premiere defender. He often will frustrate a defender to the point of turnover, or just diminish their stat line completely. Kobe Bryant, (not one to reveal weakness) has even been quoted saying that he hates playing against Battier and that times he's gotten in his head with his signature hand in the face close out.
Shane Battier will do whatever it takes to help his team, but nevertheless his moments of individual offensive glory shine through. Shane Battier's three point shot has become the focal point of his play in recent years, and rightfully so. Battier is as deadly from the corner when open as LeBron is driving down the lane for a vicious slam. In the 2012-2013 NBA season Battier sported the best three point percentage of his career shooting (.430%) from beyond the arc. Standing at 6'8 Battier is extremely versatile making him one of the most well-rounded players on the team. While he doesn't have the finesse of Dwyane Wade or the brute strength of LeBron James he will never back down. That is what makes him respectable, reliable, and a great teammate. Shane Battier looks to win his third straight ring this coming season, and no matter who rushes the lane you can count of Battier to take the charge.