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Four Raiders Open NBA Season Friday




February 5, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas - Four former Texas Tech basketball players will appear on National Basketball Association opening day rosters Friday as the professional season begins after a long layoff.

Mark Davis is entering his fourth season in the NBA and his first as a member of the Miami Heat. The Thibodeaux, La. native spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers where he started 29 games and appeared in 146 contests. He averaged 6.3 points in 17.9 minutes per game. He began his NBA career in 1995-96 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged 3.3 points in 10 minutes per game.

Tony Battie is in his second NBA season and first with the Boston Celtics. A first round draft pick in 1997 for the Denver Nuggets, the Dallas native averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game as a rookie last season. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers following the season but did not play in a game. Prior to the current season, he was traded to the Boston Celtics.

Jason Sasser is in his first full season in the NBA, although he has appeared in the league on several 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. A member of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Sasser was the 1996-97 Continental Basketball Association (CBA) rookie of the Year and an all-league second-team selection. He averaged 18.0 points and 7.9 rebounds in his first season for Sioux Falls of the CBA. He played on Team USA in the Pan Am Games last year.

Cory Carr is in his first year with the defending world champion Chicago Bulls. A second-round draft pick last year, Carr was a two-time Big 12 scoring leader and is one of the top scorers in Texas Tech history.

One notable former Red Raider not appearing on an opening day roster is free agent Darvin Ham. A two-year veteran of the NBA, Ham has played with Denver, Indiana and Washington. He has averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds and started six games during his NBA career.

Teams are allowed to have a maximum of 14 players on its Active List until friday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. (EST) when it must reduce its Active List to a maximum of 12 players. The trading deadline is March 11.

Fri.    Feb. 5     Toronto at Boston     TSN
Sun.    Feb. 6     Miami at New York     CTV, NBC
Tues.   Feb. 9     Boston at Miami       TNT



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