Miami Heat hire Shane Battier to lead analytics department

The Miami Heat announced today that they have hired former Heat player and two-time NBA champion Shane Battier as the Director of Basketball Development & Analytics.

His duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players.

Battier, who played three seasons with the Heat, helped bring back-to-back NBA championships, three Eastern Conference Championships and three division titles to Miami over that span.

He appeared in 210 games (86 starts) with the Heat and averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.6 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field.

The 13-year NBA veteran appeared in 977 career NBA games (705 starts) and averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.01 steals and 30.7 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field.