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Nicolas Batum

28-Year-Old       Charlotte Hornets

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

15.1

REB

6.2

AST

5.9

STL

1.1

BLK

0.4

2017-18 NBA Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Batum has quietly been one of the best all-around wings in the league over recent seasons, as he continues to stuff the stat sheet at ease. Batum is averaging 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks in his two seasons with the Hornets. His consistenc...

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HT: 6' 8"   WT: 200 lbs   DOB: 12/14/1988  College: France   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #25 Overall in 2008   Show ContractHide Contract

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Re-signed with the Hornets on a five-year, $120 million contract in July of 2016. Contract includes a player option for the 2020-21 season.

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Batum is expected to see fewer minutes than usual during Tuesday's game against the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Nicolas Batum NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 79 18.4 5.4 2.8 0.9 0.6 0.5 0.8 44.6 80.8 0.6 1.1 1.7 2.1 36.9 2.0 4.6 0.5 0.7
2009-10 20 37 24.8 10.1 3.8 1.2 0.6 0.7 1.5 51.9 84.3 0.7 0.9 2.9 3.6 40.9 3.8 7.2 1.2 1.4
2010-11 21 POR 80 31.5 12.4 4.5 1.5 0.9 0.6 1.5 45.5 84.1 1.0 1.4 3.2 4.3 34.5 4.6 10.1 1.7 2.1
2011-12 22 POR 59 30.4 13.9 4.6 1.4 1.0 1.0 1.8 45.1 83.6 1.5 1.4 3.2 4.6 39.1 4.9 10.9 2.3 2.7
2012-13 23 POR 73 38.5 14.3 5.6 4.9 1.2 1.1 2.3 42.3 84.8 2.6 1.3 4.3 6.1 37.2 4.8 11.4 2.4 2.9
2013-14 24 POR 82 36.0 13.0 7.5 5.1 0.9 0.7 1.8 46.5 80.3 2.5 1.4 6.0 4.9 36.1 4.6 10.0 2.0 2.5
2014-15 25 POR 71 33.5 9.4 5.9 4.8 1.1 0.6 1.4 40.0 85.7 1.9 0.9 5.0 4.4 32.4 3.4 8.5 1.2 1.4
2015-16 26 CHA 70 35.0 14.9 6.1 5.8 0.9 0.6 2.0 42.6 84.9 2.9 0.8 5.3 5.7 34.8 5.3 12.5 2.3 2.7
2016-17 27 CHA 77 34.0 15.1 6.2 5.9 1.1 0.4 1.8 40.3 85.6 2.5 0.6 5.6 5.3 33.3 5.1 12.7 3.2 3.7
2017-18 Projections 28 CHA 73 33.8 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Nicolas Batum

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2016-17 NBA Game Log   Nicolas Batum
Calculate Stats Over Any Time Period Just click on any two dates to see the stat averages.
Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 11 @ATL 103-76 10 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Apr 10 @MIL 89-79 30 11 5 8 4 1 2 5 12 0 2 1 3 0 5 0
Apr 8 BOS 114-121 41 31 8 3 0 0 1 11 23 5 7 4 8 1 7 1
Apr 5 MIA 99-112 36 24 3 7 1 1 1 6 13 12 12 0 4 0 3 1
Apr 4 @WAS 118-111 32 13 1 8 1 0 4 6 10 0 0 1 5 0 1 0
Apr 2 @OKC 101-113 31 9 7 8 3 0 1 3 8 2 2 1 4 0 7 1
Mar 31 DEN 122-114 34 13 5 9 1 1 3 4 13 4 5 1 5 0 5 3
Mar 29 @TOR 106-110 28 15 4 3 1 0 0 6 12 1 1 2 5 2 2 0
Mar 28 MIL 108-118 29 5 2 4 1 0 0 2 9 1 1 0 2 0 2 1
Mar 26 PHO 120-106 30 18 6 11 1 0 3 6 15 3 4 3 8 0 6 1
Mar 24 CLE 105-112 35 19 2 2 2 0 2 7 18 3 3 2 9 0 2 1
Mar 22 @ORL 102-109 32 10 2 6 2 0 5 5 14 0 0 0 4 0 2 0
Mar 20 ATL 105-90 31 16 1 6 1 0 1 5 8 5 7 1 2 0 1 0
Mar 18 WAS 98-93 27 8 10 5 0 0 3 4 9 0 0 0 3 1 9 2
Mar 15 @IND 98-77 Did Not Play
Mar 13 CHI 109-115 Did Not Play
Mar 11 NOP 122-125 41 24 6 8 0 0 3 9 21 2 3 4 13 0 6 2
Mar 10 ORL 121-81 28 15 3 10 1 0 2 7 14 1 2 0 3 1 2 0
Mar 8 @MIA 108-101 31 16 7 2 4 0 1 5 14 6 6 0 3 1 6 3
Mar 6 IND 100-88 34 21 4 4 3 1 3 7 19 4 4 3 9 0 4 1
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Mar 4 @DEN 102-112 35 21 2 8 0 0 2 7 11 3 3 4 6 0 2 2
Mar 2 @PHO 120-103 35 12 3 5 0 0 3 3 15 4 4 2 9 0 3 1
Feb 28 @LAL 104-109 36 5 5 4 0 1 3 2 13 0 0 1 9 1 4 1
Feb 26 @LAC 124-121 43 31 8 4 0 1 5 9 18 5 5 8 13 0 8 3
Feb 25 @SAC 85-99 34 15 6 3 1 1 1 4 17 6 6 1 6 0 6 0
Feb 23 @DET 114-108 40 18 6 3 0 1 2 6 17 5 5 1 7 1 5 1
Feb 15 @TOR 90-85 31 10 4 5 2 1 6 3 9 2 3 2 7 0 4 4
Feb 13 PHI 99-105 38 16 1 4 2 0 1 5 12 3 3 3 6 0 1 0
Feb 11 LAC 102-107 37 25 6 8 0 1 2 7 13 7 8 4 7 1 5 2
Feb 9 HOU 95-107 35 15 8 10 1 0 3 5 10 3 3 2 4 1 7 3
Feb 7 BKN 111-107 38 17 8 4 4 2 2 7 18 1 2 2 6 1 7 1
Feb 4 @UTA 105-98 33 11 3 6 0 0 4 4 9 2 2 1 3 0 3 2
Feb 1 @GSW 126-111 24 13 5 7 0 0 2 4 7 2 2 3 4 2 3 0
Jan 31 @POR 115-98 34 18 8 6 0 0 4 6 12 2 4 4 6 0 8 0
Jan 28 SAC 106-109 40 19 7 7 0 0 6 6 11 4 4 3 6 1 6 3
Jan 27 @NYK 110-107 36 15 11 9 1 0 5 5 12 2 2 3 6 2 9 2
Jan 25 GSW 103-113 38 16 6 8 0 0 3 6 12 2 2 2 4 1 5 1
Jan 23 WAS 99-109 38 4 7 6 0 0 2 2 9 0 0 0 3 1 6 3
Jan 21 BKN 112-105 35 16 9 6 4 0 2 6 16 1 1 3 6 0 9 2
Jan 20 TOR 113-78 31 13 4 6 1 0 5 4 11 4 5 1 2 0 4 1
Jan 18 POR 107-85 34 17 7 7 0 1 5 6 15 4 4 1 5 0 7 0
Jan 16 @BOS 108-98 37 8 10 10 1 2 4 2 11 4 5 0 4 1 9 0
Jan 13 @PHI 102-93 32 19 5 2 1 0 1 7 14 4 4 1 3 1 4 2
Jan 10 @HOU 121-114 Did Not Play
Jan 7 @SAS 102-85 Did Not Play
Jan 5 @DET 115-114 25 9 4 5 0 0 2 1 8 7 7 0 2 0 4 2
Jan 4 OKC 123-112 36 28 3 4 0 0 2 7 18 13 15 1 5 1 2 2
Jan 2 @CHI 118-111 36 19 6 5 1 0 2 7 16 4 4 1 3 2 4 2
Dec 31 CLE 109-121 35 13 6 8 0 2 2 5 11 2 2 1 2 0 6 0
Dec 29 MIA 91-82 36 16 13 8 3 1 3 7 17 2 3 0 5 3 10 0
Dec 28 @ORL 101-120 30 20 9 8 1 0 3 8 12 1 1 3 4 0 9 2
Dec 26 @BKN 120-118 37 24 5 5 3 0 1 7 16 8 8 2 6 0 5 2
Dec 23 CHI 103-91 40 20 11 10 1 1 2 7 15 5 6 1 5 2 9 0
Dec 20 LAL 117-113 37 23 5 10 1 0 4 8 12 5 5 2 3 1 4 1
Dec 17 @ATL 99-107 32 7 3 4 4 0 0 3 13 1 2 0 2 0 3 2
Dec 16 @BOS 96-88 36 22 10 5 3 0 5 6 19 8 8 2 7 0 10 1
Dec 14 @WAS 109-106 37 20 5 8 2 1 3 7 14 3 3 3 8 0 5 3
Dec 12 @IND 110-94 35 13 10 3 0 0 4 4 13 1 2 4 7 1 9 4
Dec 10 @CLE 116-105 33 9 6 4 1 0 3 4 12 1 2 0 4 0 6 2
Dec 9 ORL 109-88 29 16 9 7 0 0 2 6 11 0 0 4 4 1 8 1
Dec 7 DET 87-77 36 14 15 3 0 0 1 4 10 5 6 1 1 0 15 1
Dec 5 @DAL 101-109 37 14 14 7 0 0 2 5 14 4 4 0 6 0 14 3
Dec 3 MIN 120-125 41 15 8 12 3 1 3 6 15 0 3 3 9 2 6 1
Dec 1 DAL 97-87 36 12 9 6 1 0 3 4 12 3 4 1 5 0 9 1
Nov 29 DET 89-112 30 8 11 5 0 0 2 3 11 0 0 2 5 1 10 1
Nov 28 @MEM 85-104 23 6 2 4 0 0 2 1 5 4 4 0 2 0 2 1
Nov 26 NYK 107-102 Did Not Play
Nov 25 @NYK 113-111 45 18 9 9 0 1 2 7 17 3 6 1 7 0 9 0
Nov 23 SAS 114-119 40 13 7 5 0 0 5 5 9 1 1 2 3 1 6 1
Nov 21 MEM 90-105 34 8 4 5 1 0 3 1 7 5 6 1 7 0 4 1
Nov 19 @NOP 121-116 35 13 7 4 0 2 1 3 10 5 5 2 6 1 6 0
Nov 18 ATL 100-96 33 24 10 4 2 0 3 8 17 4 4 4 8 1 9 0
Nov 15 @MIN 108-115 36 16 5 7 3 1 0 5 9 2 3 4 5 0 5 4
Nov 13 @CLE 100-93 33 15 9 7 2 1 1 5 12 4 5 1 5 1 8 1
Nov 11 TOR 111-113 39 18 10 6 0 1 6 7 15 1 2 3 6 4 6 4
Nov 9 UTA 104-98 34 9 2 5 1 0 1 3 10 3 5 0 5 0 2 5
Nov 7 IND 122-100 30 9 6 4 3 0 1 2 6 4 4 1 2 0 6 1
Nov 4 @BKN 95-99 36 18 9 2 0 0 3 7 13 2 3 2 5 0 9 2
Nov 2 PHI 109-93 34 20 7 4 1 0 4 7 16 2 2 4 9 2 5 2
Oct 29 BOS 98-104 33 12 4 6 0 2 1 3 10 5 6 1 5 0 4 2
Oct 28 @MIA 91-97 31 12 6 4 2 0 3 4 14 2 2 2 7 2 4 1
Oct 26 @MIL 96-107 34 9 6 7 2 0 1 2 9 4 5 1 7 0 6 2

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#1 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #3 Small Forward

1.  Nicolas Batum

2.  Jeremy Lamb

3.  Malik Monk

4.  Dwayne Bacon

5.  Treveon Graham

6.  Julyan Stone

7.  Terry Henderson

Charlotte Hornets

True Shooting Percentage

52.9%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Nicolas Batum had a true shooting percentage of 52.9%.

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Nicolas Batum NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 79 36.0 10.5 5.4 1.8 1.2 1.0 1.5 44.6 80.8 1.2 2.1 3.4 4.2 36.9 4.0 8.9 1.0 1.3
2009-10 20 37 36.0 14.7 5.5 1.7 0.9 1.0 2.1 51.9 84.3 1.1 1.3 4.3 5.2 40.9 5.4 10.5 1.7 2.0
2010-11 21 POR 80 36.0 14.1 5.2 1.8 1.0 0.7 1.7 45.5 84.1 1.2 1.6 3.6 4.9 34.5 5.2 11.5 2.0 2.3
2011-12 22 POR 59 36.0 16.4 5.4 1.7 1.1 1.2 2.2 45.1 83.6 1.8 1.6 3.8 5.5 39.1 5.8 12.9 2.7 3.2
2012-13 23 POR 73 36.0 13.4 5.3 4.6 1.2 1.1 2.1 42.3 84.8 2.4 1.2 4.0 5.7 37.2 4.5 10.7 2.3 2.7
2013-14 24 POR 82 36.0 13.0 7.4 5.1 0.9 0.7 1.8 46.5 80.3 2.5 1.4 6.0 4.9 36.1 4.6 10.0 2.0 2.5
2014-15 25 POR 71 36.0 10.0 6.3 5.2 1.2 0.6 1.5 40.0 85.7 2.0 0.9 5.4 4.7 32.4 3.6 9.1 1.3 1.5
2015-16 26 CHA 70 36.0 15.4 6.3 5.9 1.0 0.6 2.0 42.6 84.9 3.0 0.8 5.5 5.9 34.8 5.5 12.8 2.4 2.8
2016-17 27 CHA 77 36.0 16.0 6.6 6.3 1.2 0.4 1.9 40.3 85.6 2.7 0.6 6.0 5.6 33.3 5.4 13.4 3.3 3.9
2017-18 Projections 28 CHA 73 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Nicolas Batum

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Nicolas Batum NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 79 1454 426 220 74 50 40 62 44.6 80.8 50 84 136 168 36.9 161 361 42 52
2009-10 20 37 919 375 141 44 24 25 54 51.9 84.3 27 32 109 132 40.9 139 268 43 51
2010-11 21 POR 80 2522 990 361 123 68 49 118 45.5 84.1 83 109 252 342 34.5 367 807 138 164
2011-12 22 POR 59 1791 818 271 84 57 60 107 45.1 83.6 90 81 190 274 39.1 289 641 133 159
2012-13 23 POR 73 2807 1047 412 360 91 83 165 42.3 84.8 190 97 315 444 37.2 352 833 178 210
2013-14 24 POR 82 2956 1070 611 420 75 57 145 46.5 80.3 208 116 495 402 36.1 381 819 163 203
2014-15 25 POR 71 2380 664 416 341 78 40 100 40.0 85.7 132 62 354 309 32.4 240 600 84 98
2015-16 26 CHA 70 2448 1046 428 403 65 43 139 42.6 84.9 205 55 373 399 34.8 372 873 163 192
2016-17 27 CHA 77 2617 1164 481 456 86 29 135 40.3 85.6 194 46 435 405 33.3 393 975 243 284
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Nicolas Batum NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2008-09 19 79 18.4 55.5 53.2 14.6 9.8 1.5 7.0
2009-10 20 37 24.8 64.6 61.9 12.2 7.5 1.6 12.0
2010-11 21 POR 80 31.5 56.3 52.8 11.3 7.6 1.5 13.0
2011-12 22 POR 59 30.4 57.5 53.4 9.5 10.2 0.9 13.9
2012-13 23 POR 73 38.5 56.6 52.2 24.4 12.9 1.9 17.7
2013-14 24 POR 82 36.0 58.9 55.4 27.3 13.5 2.0 18.9
2014-15 25 POR 71 33.5 51.6 48.3 30.6 11.8 2.6 14.5
2015-16 26 CHA 70 35.0 54.6 50.6 25.7 13.1 2.0 17.9
2016-17 27 CHA 77 34.0 52.9 47.2 26.1 11.1 2.4 18.2
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Nicolas Batum: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Batum scored 31 points (11-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds and three assists in 41 minutes during Saturday's 121-114 loss to the Celtics.

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Batum tallied 24 points (6-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 12-12 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 112-99 loss to the Heat.

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Batum contributed nine points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, and three steals in 31 minutes during Sunday's 113-101 win over the Thunder.

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Batum accumulated 18 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 120-106 win over the Suns.

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Batum scored 16 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-7 FT) with six assists, one rebound and one steal across 31 minutes in Monday's 105-90 win over the Hawks.

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Batum collected eight points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds and five assists across 27 minutes during Saturday's 98-93 victory over the Wizards.

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Batum (head) will start for Saturday's tilt against the Wizards, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.

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Batum (head) will be available for Saturday's game against the Wizards.

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Batum's (migraine) recent CT scan on his brain came back negative, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

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Batum will undergo a CT scan on his brain Wednesday while he continues to battle painful migraines, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

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Batum (head) won't play for Wednesday against the Pacers.

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Batum (migraine) didn't practice Tuesday and is expected to remain out Wednesday against the Pacers.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Coming off of an uncharacteristically poor 2014-15 campaign in Portland, Batum returned to form last season, averaging career highs in scoring (14.9 points per game) and assists (5.8), to go with 6.1 rebounds per game. The 27-year-old is among the NBA's most diverse two-way threats and joined Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Draymond Green as the only players to record at least 1,000 points, 400 assists, 400 rebounds and 100 made treys last season. Entering 2016-17, Batum's role is expected to remain fairly constant, though the return of a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will push Batum back to shooting guard after spending much of last season at small forward. That could result in a slight dip in rebounding, but should also enable Batum to relax a bit more defensively, given Kidd-Gilchrist's standing as an elite all-around defenders. A career 44.2 percent shooter from the field, Batum has room to improve after converting only 40 percent of his attempts in 2014-15 and 42.6 percent last season. The same goes for his three-point efficiency, which dipped to 32.4 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively, over the past two seasons.

2015-16

In his seventh season, Batum averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 34 minutes per game through 71 regular season contests with the Blazers. Struggling with an array of ailments, including knee contusions, a torn ligament in his shooting wrist, and lower back pain, the French forward sank only 40 percent from the field, 32 percent from downtown, and 86 percent from the free-throw line. While Batum still produced in multiple categories and his free-throw percentage reached a career-high in 2014-15, his field goal and three-point percentages were both career-lows. As far as his shooting woes went, things didn't get much better in the postseason, where he posted 14.2 points on 34 percent from the field, 8.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 42 minutes per game through five games versus the Grizzlies. With the Blazers opting for youth in the post-LaMarcus Aldridge era, the team shipped Batum to the Hornets, where he figures to slide into the lineup alongside the team's assumed starting trio of Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Al Jefferson. Entering the final year of his contract, Batum turns 27 in December. If he is able to stay healthy and mesh well with his new teammates, he could be a decent bounce-back candidate in 2015-16.

2014-15

Supplying a career-best 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 2013-14, Nicolas Batum's other primary counting stats nonetheless suffered. On offense, his output (13.0 points on 1.8 treys per contest) marked lows among the last three seasons, which may have been spurred by an avulsion fracture to his left middle finger that he suffered in early January and which required the use of a splint for the rest of the season. On the other end of the court, the 6-8, 200 pound Frenchman failed to average at least one steal and one block, a benchmark he'd accomplished the previous two seasons, instead tallying 0.9 swipes and 0.7 swats per game. However, in addition to the aforementioned fractured finger, Batum gutted out various maladies to log the first full 82-game schedule of his six-year career. With an all-encompassing game already at his disposal, the righty stated a desire to develop his left hand and hone his post game during the offseason. After netting 75 percent of his shots at the the rim last season, an expansion of his offense down low would do wonders for a Blazers team that ranked third in points per 100 possessions with 112, as well as relieve the burden placed upon dynamic duo LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.

2013-14

All signs pointed to a breakout season from Batum last year, and he delivered the goods, thanks to an 8.1 jump in minutes per game, settling in among the league leaders at 38.5 mpg. He has the look of a poor man's Kevin Durant, with shooting percentages of .423/.372/.848 last season that led to 14.3 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game. He will be a popular pick in drafts not just because of his sweet stroke, but his defensive counting stats that are aided by his ridiculous wingspan. Last season he averaged 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, and with a jump from 1.4 assists per game in 2011-12 to 4.9 apg in 2012-13, Batum established himself as a true eight-category contributor. The one worry here is that The Trail Blazers made some nice moves in the offseason to improve their abysmal bench from last season. Continued improvement from Victor Claver and the addition of Dorell Wright will likely mean that Batum won't see quite as many minutes in 2013-14.

2012-13

Batum, who was a restricted free agent this summer, will be back with the Blazers to try and improve upon his solid campaign from a year ago. He is something of a poor man’s Kevin Durant, with his lanky frame, smooth jumper and impressive shooting percentages. He averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game last season– all career highs. His real value comes from his efficiency. He shot 45 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three, and 84 percent from the line last year. Batum will be 24 this season and could improve, making him a high-upside pick on draft day.

2011-12

Batum was a big sleeper candidate going into last season, and he rewarded his owners by posting career-high averages in nearly every category. He played the majority of the season as the Trail Blazers’ starting small forward, averaging 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.1 turnovers in 33 minutes of action over 67 games as a starter. Nonetheless, Batum will probably be moved back into a bench role to start the season, due to the Blazers’ acquisition of Gerald Wallace at last year’s trade deadline. (Wallace was forced to the four last year with Marcus Camby and Greg Oden out, and LaMarcus Aldridge moving to center). The Blazers traded Rudy Fernandez to the Mavericks on draft day, opening up a few minutes off the bench, but Batum probably won’t match last year’s numbers without a significant injury to a starter. If Brandon Roy and Wes Matthews get healthy, Batum could get squeezed even further.

2010-11

An essential ingredient in constructing a successful fantasy team – just as with constructing a successful actual team – is in paying not for what a player has done, but for what he's likely to do. Will Joe Johnson be one of the best players in the NBA during his age-34 season? Probably not, but that's how the Atlanta Hawks will be compensating him – and as a result, they're likely to have problems in the 2015-16 season. Sometimes it's easy to pay a player what he's worth: LeBron James will likely be worth the money for awhile. Other times, it's necessary to be aggressive in the present for a future payoff. Owners in this last frame of mind would do well to consider Nicolas Batum. The young (he turns 22 in December) Frenchman offers a broad base of skills, including three-point shooting (40.9% last year on 3.6 attempts per game), steals, and blocks (0.7 per game of each while averaging only 25 minutes). There are two concerns for Batum this year: getting into games and, once he's there, staying in them. Batum missed 45 games last season, most of them coming as he recovered from surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Reports at press time suggest the shoulder is no longer an issue. As for the question of playing time, the Blazers last season had a logjam at the three, giving minutes to Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez, and Batum himself. For various reasons, none of those first three players will be in Portland this season, making Batum a good bet to log consistent run should he remain healthy.

2009-10

The 20-year-old Frenchman was a surprise starter for the Blazers last year. While he only played 18 minutes per game, Batum provided the starting unit with solid defensive play and the ability to hit an occasional three. As his scoring average would indicate (5.8 ppg), Batum doesn't figure into the offensive game plan much, but he should see more shot attempts as his long-range game improves.