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
* 4 References
* 5 External links
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
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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
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 Naismith
Basketball Hall of Fame , and featuring
NBA players Glenn
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.
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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
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 by the
Indiana Pacers .
He played for the Pacers, the
Chicago Bulls , the
Miami Heat , the
Dallas Mavericks and the
New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets , averaging 7.6 points and
3.5 assists per game.
After taking several years to adjust to the nightly competition of
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
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
He Got Game , which
Ray Allen ,
Walter McCarty , John Wallace ,
Rick Fox .
* ^ Montville, Leigh (25 March 1991). "Lingering Cheers For A Magic
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.