Austin Croshere

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Austin Croshere
Austin Croshere
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 235
Nationality: American
Born: 5/1/1975
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Draft: first round
Drafted By: Indiana Pacers
College: Providence
NBA Career: 1997-2009
Mavs Tenure: 2006-2007

Austin Croshere (born May 1, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks, in a trade with the Indian Pacers, in exchange for Marquis Daniels.

He went to Palms Middle School and Crossroads School (Santa Monica, California) in Los Angeles before heading across the country to play collegiately for Providence College. With the Friars, Croshere saw his scoring and rebound averages rise each with year he was there, from 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds as a freshman to 17.9 points and 7.5 boards his senior season.

Croshere led the team in scoring both his junior and senior seasons. He was selected third team All-Big East as a junior and first team All-Big East his senior year when he helped lead the Friars to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Croshere was the 12th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Indiana Pacers.

Plagued by injuries, his first two professional seasons were disappointing as Croshere was able to play in just 26 and 27 games respectively. His third season in the league proved to be a breakthrough year for the 6'10 forward as he posted career numbers of 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 81 games. He helped lead the Pacers to their first (and only) appearance in the NBA Finals, eventually losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite being awarded a new contract after the NBA Finals, Pacers coach Isiah Thomas seldom used Croshere during the three seasons he coached the team. He only played 49 games in 2002-03, averaging a career-low 12.9 minutes per game that season as he fell out of the team's main rotation.

Croshere became an important backup again during coach Rick Carlisle's years, and was a key contributor against the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. With the exception of his rookie season, he and the Pacers were in the playoffs each and every season.

On July 5, 2006, however, Croshere was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Marquis Daniels. Croshere was the last Pacer remaining from the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference championship team.

With Dallas, he assumed the role as Dirk Nowitzki's main backup, a role which had been handled by Keith Van Horn. In 61 games with the Mavs, however, he averaged only 3.7 points. It was his lowest average since his injury-plagued second season in the league. His Dallas highlight came on January 30, 2007 when he scored a career-high 34 points in a 122-102 win over Seattle.

Following the Mavs' shocking first round elimination from the NBA Playoffs, Croshere was not resigned and joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2007-2008 campaign. He missed over a month with a strained back and was limited to only 44 games while averaging 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Waived by the Warriors after the season, general manager Larry Bird invited Croshere to Indian's 2008 training camp but he was waived just prior to the opening of the season. Milwaukee immediately picked up his rights and he spent the first couple of months of the season with the Bucks seeing action in 11 games.

After being released on January 6, 2009, Croshere's final NBA action came courtesy of a 10-day contract he signed with San Antonio on January 16. In three games with the Spurs, he averaged 1.3 points and 3.3 boards. Those three games would represent the final NBA games of Croshere's career.

Today he does some game analysis of Indiana Pacers games for Fox Sports and is a college basketball analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and was honored by his alma mater on March 4, 2011 when he was named to the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame.