All-Decade Nominee: Mike Batiste

Oct 28, 2019 by 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.

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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.


  • 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.