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Travis Best (born July 12, 1972) an American former professional basketball player, who played in the NBA
NBA
and in Europe.

Contents

1 High school career 2 Collegiate career 3 Professional career 4 References 5 External links

High school career[edit]

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Best attended Springfield Central High School, starring on teams that amassed a 69-4 record in his three seasons as the Lahovich Award winner, symbolic of the top player in Western Massachusetts. During his senior year, he scored a state-record 81 points in a single game.[1] In the next, he scored 40. With then-sophomore teammate Edgar Padilla, a future UMass standout, Best led his 25-0 team to the 1991 Division I state championship and a No. 15 ranking in the final USA Today Top 25. After considering both UConn
UConn
and the University of Virginia, Best chose Georgia Tech.[2] Best participated in the 1991 McDonald's All-American Game, played in his hometown, also home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame, and featuring NBA
NBA
players Glenn Robinson, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Alan Henderson, Cherokee Parks and Donyell Marshall. He was also named a Parade All-American and participated in the McDonald's Capital Classic as a member of the "U.S. All-Stars" alongside Webber and Parks. Collegiate career[edit]

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At Georgia Tech, Best teamed with fellow McDonald's All-American James Forrest for four years as one half of a potent inside-outside combo in the always-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC), helping lead the Yellow Jackets to the 1993 ACC Tournament Championship, their first since 1990. Excelling as one of the league's premier players, he was named to the All-ACC third team as a sophomore, earning second-team honors as both a junior and senior. He also led the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio and free-throw percentage as a senior, while capturing ACC Player of the Week honors a league-record five times. Over a stretch of 10 games in 1995, during which Forrest was inactive due to an ankle injury, Best picked up the slack, averaging more than 25 points per game. Upon graduation, Best ranked in the top six in Tech history in points, assists, minutes, 3-point field goals made and steals, finishing as one of only three ACC players to score 2,000 points with 600 assists (UNC's Phil Ford and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez are the other two). He also earned honorable-mention All-America honors from The Associated Press as a nominee for the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the best player in the nation under 6 feet (1.8 m). Professional career[edit] Best was drafted 23rd in the 1995 NBA Draft
1995 NBA Draft
by the Indiana Pacers.[2] He played for the Pacers, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
and the New Jersey Nets, averaging 7.6 points and 3.5 assists per game. After taking several years to adjust to the nightly competition of the NBA, Best found his niche and became a vital backup at point guard on the 1999-2000 Indiana team that went to the 2000 NBA
NBA
Finals. Best hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the decisive fifth game against the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
in the first round of the playoffs. During Best's last half season with the Pacers, he was unhappy he was passed over as starting point guard ( Jamaal Tinsley
Jamaal Tinsley
got the spot). During that season, he requested a trade and was granted one to the Chicago Bulls. In it, the Bulls sent Ron Artest, Brad Miller, Ron Mercer and Kevin Ollie to the Pacers for Best, Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose
and Norman Richardson, as well as a future second-round pick. Best was represented by Gary Ebert in his career as a basketball player.[3] He had a small role in the 1998 Spike Lee
Spike Lee
film He Got Game, which also featured NBA
NBA
players Ray Allen, Walter McCarty, John Wallace, and Rick Fox. References[edit]

^ Montville, Leigh (25 March 1991). "Lingering Cheers For A Magic Child". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 14 June 2011.  ^ a b Khona, Chetan (1995-11-10). "Best makes pro debut in front of familiar crowd". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-05-22.  ^ http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/expe/fibaAgen/agenSear/p/langlc/en/personnumber/19612/prof.html

External links[edit]

NBA.com Profile Euroleague.net Player Profile masslive Best, Travis Profile

v t e

1995 NBA
NBA
draft

First round

Joe Smith Antonio McDyess Jerry Stackhouse Rasheed Wallace Kevin Garnett Bryant Reeves Damon Stoudamire Shawn Respert Ed O'Bannon Kurt Thomas Gary Trent Cherokee Parks Corliss Williamson Eric Williams Brent Barry Alan Henderson Bob Sura Theo Ratliff Randolph Childress Jason Caffey Michael Finley George Zidek Travis Best Loren Meyer David Vaughn Sherell Ford Mario Bennett Greg Ostertag Cory Alexander

Second round

Lou Roe Dragan Tarlać Terrence Rencher Junior Burrough Andrew DeClercq Jimmy King Lawrence Moten Frankie King Rashard Griffith Donny Marshall Dwayne Whitfield Erik Meek Donnie Boyce Eric Snow Anthony Pelle Troy Brown George Banks Tyus Edney Mark Davis Jerome Allen Martin Lewis Dejan Bodiroga Fred Hoiberg Constantin Popa Eurelijus Žukauskas Michael McDonald Chris Carr Cuon

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