Esteban Batista

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Batista and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.
Esteban Batista
Esteban Batista.JPG
Batista with Anadolu Efes
No. 15 – Reyer Venezia Mestre
Position Center
League Lega Basket Serie A
Personal information
Born (1983-09-02) September 2, 1983 (age 33)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2003 Welcome
2003–2004 Salto Uruguay
2004 Pozuelo de Alarcón
2004 Nacional
2004–2005 Trouville
2005 Aguas de Calpe
20052007 Atlanta Hawks
2007–2008 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2008 Triumph Lyubertsy
2009 Libertad
2009–2011 Fuenlabrada
2011 Caja Laboral
2011–2013 Anadolu Efes
2013–2014 Pınar Karşıyaka
2014–2015 Panathinaikos
2015–2016 Beikong Fly Dragons
2016 Emporio Armani Milano
2016–2017 Beikong Fly Dragons
2017–present Reyer Venezia Mestre
Career highlights and awards

Esteban Damián Batista Hernández (born September 2, 1983) is an Uruguayan professional basketball player for Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He is the first ever Uruguayan to play in the NBA.

Professional career[edit]

Batista began his pro career in the Uruguayan League in 2001. He then moved to the second division of Spain, the Spanish LEB League in 2003.

NBA[edit]

Batista was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Hawks on September 12, 2005. He made his NBA debut on November 2 of that year, going scoreless in 6 minutes of play time against the Golden State Warriors. In his first NBA season, Batista averaged 1.8 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game in 8.7 minutes per game, in 57 games played.

On September 26, 2007, Batista signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Boston Celtics.[1] On October 16, 2007, however, Batista was waived by the team.[2]

Europe and China[edit]

On the same day that he was released by the Celtics, he signed with the Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv.[3]

Batista joined the Russian Super League team Triumph Lyubertsy in December 2008,[4] but left the club shortly thereafter for personal reasons.

Batista signed a three-year contract with Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada at the summer of 2009.[5] In January 2011, he signed with the Euroleague team Caja Laboral.[6]

In July 2011, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League.[7] In August 2013, he signed a one-year contract with Pınar Karşıyaka also of the Turkish Basketball League.[8]

On July 18, 2014, he signed with Panathinaikos for the 2014–15 season.[9] On April 5, 2015, he won the Greek Cup.

In June 2015, he signed with Beikong Fly Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.[10] On February 6, 2016, after the end of the Chinese season, he signed a deal with Emporio Armani Milano until June 2017.[11] However, at the end of the 2015–16 season, he parted ways with Milano.[12][13]

In July 2016, Batista re-signed with Beikong Fly Dragons for the 2016–17 CBA season.[14] On February 19, 2017, he signed with Italian club Reyer Venezia Mestre for the rest of the 2016–17 Serie A season.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Atlanta 57 3 8.7 .425 .000 .623 2.5 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.8
2007–08 Atlanta 13 0 6.2 .500 .000 .571 2.3 0.3 0.2 0.0 1.5
Career 70 3 8.2 .438 .000 .617 2.5 0.2 0.3 0.2 1.7

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2007-08 Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 5 17.8 .573 .1000 .638 5.3 0.9 1.1 0.3 10.3 11.8
2008-09 Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 0 9.0 .500 .000 .800 2.6 0.2 0.0 0.2 3.6 4.2
2010–11 Caja Laboral 10 3 19.7 .533 .000 .714 6.3 1.4 0.5 0.3 8.4 9.8
2011-12 Anadolu Efes 16 5 15.8 .507 .000 .550 4.3 0.6 0.6 0.2 5.1 5.9
2012-13 Anadolu Efes 4 0 11.3 .583 .000 .600 4.3 1.8 0.3 0.3 4.3 3.3
2014–15 Panathinaikos 26 25 21.9 .583 .000 .764 5.5 1.0 1.0 0.3 10.2 11.8
Career 85 38 18 .562 .500 .682 4.9 0.8 0.8 0.3 8.4 9.6

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001-02 Club Atlético Welcome Campeonato Federal 23 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 2.3
2002-03 Club Atlético Welcome Campeonato Federal 22 ? ? ? ? 4.5 ? ? ? 6.2
2003 Salto Uruguay LUB 28 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 16.4
2003-04 Baloncesto Pozuelo LEB Plata 23 23.7 .517 -- .462 7.5 .3 .8 1.0 8.9
2004 Nacional Torneo Metropolitano ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 21.6
2004-05 Trouville LUB 40 ? ? ? ? 15.0 ? ? ? 20.1
Aguas de Calpe LEB Oro 8 24.0 .550 .000 .655 5.5 1.0 1.0 .3 10.6
2007-08 Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. Ligat HaAl 26 14.9 .630 .000 .680 5.0 .8 .6 .2 8.9
2008-09 3 3.0 .500 -- -- .7 .0 .0 .0 .7
Club Libertad Argentina LNB 23 28.9 .592 .100 .733 9.6 1.1 1.3 .7 15.0
2009-10 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Liga ACB 31 28.2 .531 .667 .698 8.4 1.0 1.2 1.1 14.1
2010-11 14 26.5 .548 .000 .724 8.4 1.7 1.8 1.1 12.7
Laboral Kutxa 25 19.7 .554 -- .625 4.8 1.1 .5 .7 7.0
2011-12 Anadolu Efes S.K. TBL 41 17.7 .663 -- .703 5.0 .7 .7 .6 7.6
2012-13 3 8.7 .400 -- .500 3.7 .3 .0 .7 3.3
2013-14 Pınar Karşıyaka 35 27.0 .620 .000 .685 8.9 1.4 1.1 .7 15.9
2014-15 Panathinaikos B.C. Greek A1 25 20.9 .668 .000 .673 6.9 1.1 1.0 .2 12.8
2014-15 Beikong Fly Dragons CBA 37 38.0 .607 .143 .688 12.6 3.0 1.9 .9 25.7

Uruguayan national team[edit]

Batista is a member of the Uruguayan national basketball team. During the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, which was held from August 22 through September 2, in Las Vegas, Batista averaged 20.8 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game.

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