Career averages of 3.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 11.6 minutes in 39 games … Has played for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association and since he was 18 for the Chinese National Team … Teammates on the National Team include NBAers Yao Ming and Wang Zhi-Zhi … Was China’s starting centre for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games … Helped China to a silver medal at the 2001 World University Games and the ABC Championship … Had team highs of 19 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes in a loss to Team USA in the 2002 World Championship … Played for the Chinese National Team in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 Asian Games … Represented his country in the 1995 World University Games, the 1995 ABC Championship and the 1999 Goodwill Games …
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2004-05: Played in 24 games for the Huntsville Flight in the D-League…averaged 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game…shot .538 (100-186) from the field and .717 (86-120) from the free throw line…played for Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Assocation...named the MVP of the CBA All-Star Game.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: During the 2002-03 season, played in 12 games with the San Antonio Spurs…averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game…played 11 minutes and totaled two points, one rebound and one assist vs. Dallas on April 16…during the 2001-02 season, played in a career-high 27 games (10 starts) with the Denver Nuggets…averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game…in 10 starts, averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds…scored a career-high 12 points at Minnesota on April 17…played a career-high 29 minutes at Chicago on March 30.
Has played for the Chinese National Team since 1993 (when he was 18) … teammates on the National Team include 7-5 Yao Ming and 7-0 Wang Zhizhi … was China’s starting center in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games ... helped lead China to the silver medal at the 2001 World University Games and the ABC Championship … played for China in the 2002 World Championship … had 19 points and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes (all team highs) in China’s 84-65 loss to the U.S. team on 8/31 … played for the Chinese National Team in three Asian Games (1994, 1998 and 2002) … in addition played in the 1995 World University Games, the 1995 ABC Championship and the 1999 Goodwill Games ... Appeared in 22 games with the Beijing Ducks in 2001-02… averaged 24.8 points, 14.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists … shot .489 (203-415) from the field, .309 (46-149) from three-point land and .719 (69-96) from the line … ranked sixth in the league in scoring, second in rebounding and ninth in blocks (with 1.1 bpg) … named a CBA All-Star … led the Ducks to the 2001 CBA Semifinals.
Name is pronounced (MENK) (ba-TUR)
Established the Bateer Basketball Foundation in February of 2002 for Chinese fans to donate money to build a school – the Basketball Hope Charity School - in his home town of Hangjing County, Erdos Prairie of Inner Mongolia
The second player from China to play in the NBA, following his teammate on the Chinese National Team, Wang Zhizhi
He and his wife, Delinuoer Jumahong, have two daughters, Difeilana and Niu-Niu, and a son, Baenze
An estimated 400 million Chinese viewers tuned in on 3/3/02 when Bateer and the Nuggets faced Wang and the Mavericks as the game was broadcast live in China on CCTV