All-Decade Nominee: Mike Batiste

Oct 28, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

One of the most important big men in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history, Batiste was already a two-time continental champion with Panathinaikos Athens entering the 2010s. He played three more seasons with the Greens, filling a critical role in the first of them as Panathinaikos won its sixth EuroLeague title.

Batiste was a force throughout that 2010-11 season on the way to his first All-EuroLeague First Team distinction. At that spring's Final Four, he averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds, hitting 80% of his two-point shots as Panathinaikos lifted the trophy again. The next season, Batiste made the All-EuroLeague Second Team and played another Final Four with the Greens, but they could not beat CSKA Moscow in the semifinals. It was his fifth and last Final Four appearance.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2007, 2009, 2011
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2010-11
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2011-12
  • EuroLeague November MVP 2006-07
  • Led the EuroLeague in 2-pts made 2008-09 (107), 2010-11 (105)

Batiste went on to play for Fenerbahce Istanbul for a season before returning to Panathinaikos to finish his career in the 2013-14 campaign, at age 36, after 10 seasons with the club. He retired with the EuroLeague's fifth-highest career total in performance index rating until then, and still ranks fourth in two-point shots made with 1,613. He continues to share the single-game rebounds record for Panathinaikos with 15. Batiste's dunks, intensity and winning mentality will never be forgotten by Panathinaikos fans.