Travis Best

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Travis Best
Position: Point Guard
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 182
Nationality: American
Born: July 12, 1972
Birthplace: Springfield, MA
Draft: 1st Round
Drafted By: Indiana Pacers
College: Georgia Tech
NBA Career: 1995-2005
Mavs Tenure: 2003-2004

Travis Best (born July 12, 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on August 22, 2003.

Best attended Springfield Central High School where he led his team to the State Championship his senior season. He scored a Massachusetts state record 81 points in a single game and was named Parade All-American and a McDonald's All-American playing in that game alongside players like Chris Webber, Cherokee Parks, Jalen Rose, Glenn Robinson, Juwan Howard and Donyell Marshall.

He chose Georgia Tech as his college and saw his scoring average rise each year he was there from 12.3 ppg his freshman year to 20.2 as a senior. His sophomore year saw the Yellow Jackets win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and Best named 3rd team All-ACC. The honors continued as he was selected second-team All-ACC both his junior and senior seasons and Honorable Mention All-American, also in his senior year.

Drafted in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft by the Indian Pacers, Best would go on to play six years for the Pacers. He twice played in all 82 of the team's regular season games and posted a career-high 11.9 points and 6.1 assists his last year with the team.

Upset at losing playing time, he requested a trade and the Pacers sent him along with Jalen Rose, Norman Richardson and a conditional second-round draft pick to the Chicago Bulls for Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Ron Mercer and Kevin Ollie.

The 5'11 guard played one season with Chicago (7.9 points in 76 games) and one season with Miami (8.4 points in 72 games) before signing a free agent contract with the Mavericks on August 22, 2003. In his one and only season in Dallas, Best appeared in 61 games averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.5 minutes-per-game of action.

After leaving the Mavs, Best had one final season in the NBA with New Jersey where he played in 76 games averaging 6.8 points. In 2005-206, he played one season in Russia with UNICS Kazan and three years in Italy with Virtus Bologna and, most recently, in 2008-2009 with Air Avellino.

Best was honored by his alma mater, Georgia Tech, in 2006 when he was named to the Yellow Jackets' Athletics Hall of Fame.