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Nicolas Batum

27-Year-Old    SF,SG    Charlotte Hornets

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

14.9

REB

6.1

AST

5.8

STL

0.9

BLK

0.6

2015 NBA ROS Projections

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 shootin...

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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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Signed a four-year, $46.12 million offer sheet with the Timberwolves in July 2012. Contract matched by the Trail Blazers in July 2012. Traded to the Hornets in June 2015.

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Batum (foot) recorded 10 points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, and two assists across 29 minutes in Sunday's 106-73 Game 7 loss to the Heat.

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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
Preseason Projections 27 CHA 75 36.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Nicolas Batum

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Nicolas Batum NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 23.0 8.0 3.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 35.0 100.0 1.0 0.3 2.7 3.7 27.3 2.3 6.7 2.3 2.3
Last 14 Days 4 25.8 8.3 4.0 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.8 32.3 100.0 1.3 0.5 3.5 3.8 20.0 2.5 7.8 2.5 2.5
Last 30 Days 9 26.8 10.2 3.6 3.3 0.6 0.1 1.0 39.2 87.5 1.9 0.6 3.0 4.0 25.0 3.4 8.8 2.3 2.7
Last 5 Games 5 28.6 11.4 3.6 2.0 0.4 0.0 1.2 37.8 85.0 1.6 0.4 3.2 4.4 27.3 3.4 9.0 3.4 4.0
Last 10 Games 10 27.4 11.1 3.6 3.7 0.5 0.1 1.1 40.6 84.6 1.9 0.5 3.1 4.3 25.6 3.9 9.6 2.2 2.6
Last 20 Games 20 31.9 15.3 5.0 5.5 0.7 0.3 1.9 45.0 85.0 2.1 0.7 4.4 5.2 35.9 5.5 12.1 2.6 3.0

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Nicolas Batum
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 1 @MIA 29 10 5 2 0 0 1 3 9 3 3 1 3 0 5 1
Apr 29 MIA 15 6 1 1 0 0 1 2 5 2 2 0 3 1 0 1
Apr 27 @MIA 25 8 3 3 0 0 1 2 6 2 2 2 5 0 3 1
Apr 25 MIA Did Not Play
Apr 23 MIA Did Not Play
Apr 20 @MIA 34 9 7 3 0 0 2 3 11 3 3 0 4 1 6 0
Apr 17 @MIA 40 24 2 1 2 0 3 7 14 7 10 3 7 0 2 3
Apr 13 ORL Did Not Play
Apr 11 @BOS 17 6 3 5 1 0 1 3 6 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Apr 10 @WAS 34 10 5 4 2 0 3 3 11 3 3 1 2 1 4 2
Apr 8 BKN 27 14 6 6 0 1 4 6 11 0 0 2 6 2 4 2
Apr 6 @NYK Did Not Play
Apr 5 @TOR Did Not Play
Apr 3 @CLE 20 5 0 5 0 0 1 2 6 1 1 0 3 0 0 1
Apr 1 PHI 33 19 4 7 0 0 2 8 17 1 2 2 7 0 4 1
Mar 29 @PHI 38 19 11 12 1 0 3 8 16 2 2 1 4 2 9 2
Mar 26 @MIL 35 25 7 8 1 0 0 8 15 4 4 5 9 1 6 1
Mar 25 @DET 27 10 7 7 1 0 2 4 12 1 1 1 3 0 7 1
Mar 22 @BKN 39 23 2 2 1 0 0 7 16 5 5 4 9 0 2 4
Mar 21 SAS 35 15 6 3 1 1 5 5 9 5 7 0 1 2 4 3
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Mar 19 DEN 40 24 8 9 1 1 4 9 18 1 2 5 10 1 7 1
Mar 17 @MIA 38 19 5 7 0 0 3 7 19 3 3 2 7 0 5 1
Mar 16 ORL 38 26 7 9 0 0 1 10 17 3 4 3 6 2 5 0
Mar 14 DAL 40 20 3 7 2 2 4 7 14 3 4 3 7 0 3 0
Mar 12 HOU 34 14 8 8 1 1 1 5 10 2 2 2 4 0 8 1
Mar 11 DET 37 17 5 11 2 0 2 6 15 4 5 1 5 0 5 1
Mar 9 NOP 41 15 6 5 0 0 1 6 13 1 1 2 7 0 6 1
Mar 7 MIN 38 11 5 4 2 3 2 5 15 0 0 1 5 1 4 2
Mar 4 IND 39 31 7 4 0 2 3 12 22 3 4 4 10 3 4 4
Mar 2 @PHI 37 12 4 7 2 0 2 5 14 0 0 2 6 0 4 1
Mar 1 PHO 31 15 9 4 1 0 3 6 10 1 1 2 3 1 8 1
Feb 28 @ATL 39 2 4 1 2 1 1 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
Feb 26 @IND 33 6 2 7 2 1 5 2 6 2 2 0 3 0 2 3
Feb 24 @CLE 33 9 5 6 1 1 3 4 9 0 0 1 4 0 5 2
Feb 21 @BKN 38 16 7 8 1 0 4 5 10 3 3 3 8 0 7 2
Feb 19 @MIL 36 7 5 2 2 3 4 3 11 0 0 1 5 0 5 2
Feb 10 @IND 38 11 6 5 0 2 1 4 12 0 0 3 7 1 5 1
Feb 8 CHI 44 19 13 8 2 0 4 8 13 0 0 3 6 0 13 1
Feb 6 WAS 44 26 11 9 1 1 6 9 20 5 6 3 9 1 10 2
Feb 5 MIA 39 21 6 7 0 3 4 7 12 3 3 4 7 1 5 1
Feb 3 CLE 31 10 5 5 0 1 4 3 8 3 3 1 6 0 5 1
Jan 31 @LAL Did Not Play
Jan 29 @POR 40 3 4 8 1 1 6 1 11 0 0 1 4 1 3 2
Jan 27 @UTA 30 6 10 2 0 0 2 2 9 1 2 1 5 0 10 2
Jan 25 @SAC Did Not Play
Jan 23 NYK Did Not Play
Jan 22 @ORL Did Not Play
Jan 20 @OKC 24 0 6 3 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 6 1
Jan 18 UTA 47 10 9 4 1 0 5 4 13 0 0 2 5 1 8 3
Jan 16 MIL 36 6 3 9 0 1 2 2 10 1 2 1 5 2 1 2
Jan 15 @NOP 41 25 4 8 0 0 3 11 22 1 1 2 9 0 4 1
Jan 13 ATL 25 6 2 10 0 0 4 2 5 1 1 1 4 1 1 4
Jan 10 @DEN 38 9 6 7 0 0 1 3 8 1 1 2 7 0 6 3
Jan 9 @LAC Did Not Play
Jan 6 @PHO Did Not Play
Jan 4 @GSW Did Not Play
Jan 2 OKC Did Not Play
Jan 1 @TOR 42 14 4 7 0 1 5 4 9 3 4 3 4 0 4 2
Dec 30 LAC 42 19 8 6 1 0 3 6 11 5 5 2 4 2 6 3
Dec 28 LAL 36 15 5 11 1 0 2 7 17 1 2 0 6 1 4 1
Dec 26 MEM 40 20 11 8 1 2 4 7 14 4 4 2 7 2 9 0
Dec 23 BOS 39 17 6 7 0 0 1 6 15 2 4 3 8 0 6 3
Dec 21 @HOU 34 9 5 3 1 0 2 3 11 3 4 0 3 0 5 2
Dec 19 @WAS 32 14 6 8 3 1 4 5 12 3 4 1 7 0 6 1
Dec 17 TOR Did Not Play
Dec 16 @ORL 20 6 2 2 1 0 3 2 7 0 0 2 4 2 0 4
Dec 12 BOS 38 21 8 2 0 0 4 9 21 1 1 2 10 0 8 2
Dec 11 @MEM 30 20 4 2 0 0 0 7 11 1 1 5 8 1 3 1
Dec 9 MIA 28 10 11 11 1 1 3 3 9 3 4 1 4 0 11 1
Dec 7 DET 34 13 7 8 2 0 4 4 15 3 3 2 7 1 6 0
Dec 5 @CHI 35 24 11 5 0 1 3 8 16 4 6 4 6 0 11 1
Dec 2 GSW 30 17 8 3 3 2 2 6 15 4 5 1 6 2 6 2
Nov 29 MIL 34 15 5 5 2 1 9 4 13 4 5 3 8 2 3 1
Nov 27 CLE 39 17 8 4 1 0 3 6 13 4 5 1 7 2 6 2
Nov 25 WAS 34 16 7 11 2 0 2 5 15 3 3 3 7 1 6 1
Nov 23 SAC 43 18 10 8 2 1 5 5 16 7 7 1 7 1 9 1
Nov 20 PHI 32 14 4 3 0 0 4 4 9 3 3 3 4 1 3 2
Nov 18 BKN 41 24 1 8 1 2 4 7 12 7 7 3 6 0 1 1
Nov 17 @NYK 35 4 6 0 0 0 1 1 9 1 2 1 4 0 6 2
Nov 15 POR 39 33 5 6 0 0 2 11 19 6 7 5 10 0 5 2
Nov 13 @CHI 35 28 8 2 2 0 2 10 17 3 3 5 6 3 5 1
Nov 11 NYK 36 24 5 1 1 0 2 10 18 2 5 2 5 1 4 0
Nov 10 @MIN 35 17 6 3 0 2 4 6 11 2 2 3 5 0 6 3
Nov 7 @SAS 32 10 4 4 3 0 4 2 6 5 5 1 2 1 3 3
Nov 5 @DAL 34 8 7 4 2 1 1 3 10 2 2 0 5 1 6 1
Nov 3 CHI 28 18 8 3 0 0 1 4 11 9 9 1 2 0 8 1
Nov 1 ATL 36 16 5 8 2 2 2 5 14 2 2 4 9 3 2 2
Oct 30 @ATL 33 14 11 4 1 0 7 6 10 1 1 1 4 2 9 2
Oct 28 @MIA 33 9 6 3 0 0 3 3 12 1 2 2 6 2 4 3
Nicolas Batum Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Nicolas Batum – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #2 Small Forward

1.  Nicolas Batum

2.  Courtney Lee

3.  Jeremy Lin

4.  Jeremy Lamb

5.  Troy Daniels

6.  Aaron Harrison

Charlotte Hornets

True Shooting Percentage

54.6%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Nicolas Batum has a true shooting percentage of 54.6%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2015-16

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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
Preseason Projections 27 CHA 75 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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
Preseason Projections 27 CHA 75 2708 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Nicolas Batum

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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
Preseason Projections 27 CHA 75 36.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Nicolas Batum

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Nicolas Batum: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Batum (foot) will be available to play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat.

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Batum (foot) is going through warmups with the intention of playing in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

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Batum (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.

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Batum is doubtful to return to Friday's Game 6 matchup with the Heat after aggravating his left foot injury.

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Batum (ankle) will come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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Batum (ankle) tallied eight points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, and three rebounds over 25 minutes in Wednesday's 90-88 win over the Heat in Game 5 of the first-round series.

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Batum (ankle) will play in Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Heat.

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Batum (ankle) is officially listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 5 tilt with the Heat, but he took part in the Hornets' morning shootaround and will most likely play.

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Batum (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

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Batum (ankle) has been formally ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Hornets.

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Batum (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Heat.

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Batum said his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better" and is hopeful he can return during the Hornets' first-round series against the Heat, the Miami Herald reports. "The swelling is way down, so I will just keep working on it with like four or five hours of treatment every day until I get back as fast as possible on the court," said Batum.

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2015-16

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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.