Travis Best (born July 12, 1972) an American former professional
basketball player, who played in the
NBA and in Europe.
1 High school career
2 Collegiate career
3 Professional career
5 External links
High school career
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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. 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 and the University of
Virginia, Best chose Georgia Tech. Best participated in the 1991
McDonald's All-American Game, played in his hometown, also home to the
Basketball Hall of Fame, and featuring
Glenn Robinson, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Alan
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.
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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
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).
Best was drafted 23rd in the
1995 NBA Draft
1995 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
He played for the Pacers, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the
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 Finals. Best hit
the game-winning 3-pointer in the decisive fifth game against the
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 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 and Norman Richardson, as
well as a future second-round pick.
Best was represented by Gary Ebert in his career as a basketball
He had a small role in the 1998
Spike Lee film He Got Game, which also
NBA players Ray Allen, Walter McCarty, John Wallace, and Rick
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