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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 200
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum didn't skip a beat after missing the last week, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes on Friday.
He was really aggressive early and only needed two FGAs to get to his eight points to start, which was more than half of the Hornets' 14 at that point. Batum did let Kemba Walker run the offense a little more often, which may have been due to the matchup. The Frenchman should be able to flirt with early-round value going forward. Jan 13 - 9:41 PM

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Nicolas Batum (knee) and Cody Zeller (illness) will not have a minutes limit against the 76ers on Friday.

To be clear, just because they don't have a minutes limit doesn't mean they will be back to their normal playing time. After Batum missed the last week for a bone bruise, he may only be in the upper 20s tonight. Although, he did practice on Thursday and should be close to 100 percent. He should be in all lineups for season-long leagues and is in play for DFS.
Jan 13 - 5:43 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) will play and start Friday vs. the Sixers.

After practicing Thursday, Batum was listed as probable, so this is simply confirmation that he'll suit up on Friday night. Batum is one of only four players averaging at last 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game this season. Jeremy Lamb (toe) is out, so Marco Belinelli will see an uptick in minutes backing up Batum.
Jan 13 - 11:11 AM

Nicolas Batum (knee) is probable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

After going through practice on Thursday, Batum sounds like he's ready to roll. His right knee hyperextension only cost him two games to this point. Batum was on fire to end 2016, but he's made just 35.7 percent from the field in 2017. Obviously you'll want to get him back in your lineup. Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb would take a hit.
Jan 12 - 4:47 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.

His status for Friday's game vs. Philly is still up in the air, but he should return to game action any day now. Jeremy Lamb averaged 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Batum's absence, but he will lose most of his value when Batum returns.
Jan 12 - 11:28 AM

Nicolas Batum (hyperextended right knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Houston.

No surprise here, as Batum was initially projected to miss at least a week, which means the earliest he'd likely return would be Friday. Jeremy Lamb will draw the start in place of Batum on Tuesday. Lamb scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 28 minutes in his start on Saturday. Lamb is an appealing DFS tournament play on Tuesday. Marco Belinelli and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should also see extended minutes.
Jan 10 - 6:17 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

Batum is expected to miss at least 1-2 weeks, and he's just three days into that timetable, so it's strange to see him being hit with the doubtful tag rather than just being ruled out outright. Owners shouldn't plan on having him back this week, and it'll be Marco Belinelli, Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all picking up the slack in his absence.

The Hornets confirmed that Nicolas Batum hyperextended his right knee and will not play Saturday at San Antonio.

There were published reports earlier in the day which claimed that Batum would miss 1-2 weeks. The Hornets are simply stating that Batum MRI's confirmed there was no structural damage in the knee and that will he be listed "day-to-day" after this weekend. Thus, the 1-2 week estimate seems accurate. Fortunately for Charlotte, they play just twice next week. Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb will likely soak up most of the minutes at small forward in his absence.
Jan 6 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Charlotte Hornets blog is reporting that Nicolas Batum will miss 1-2 weeks after injuring his right knee on Thursday night.

The encouraging news is that Batum reportedly has already had an MRI which came back clean and revealed that there is no structural damage. The Hornets play Saturday in San Antonio, but then only play two games all of next week. It's possible that Batum only ends up missing a total of three contests. While he is sidelined, Marco Belinelli, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams will see increased playing time.
Jan 6 - 11:51 AM

Nicolas Batum suffered a hyperextended right knee on Thursday and will not return.

He had an awkward landing and was rubbing his right knee after the fall. Batum was able to get up and limp to the bench after that, so hopefully it's minor. He finished with nine points, four rebounds and five assists. If he's out, Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb will be asked to step up. Marvin Williams could play more three to open up run for Frank Kaminsky, too.
Jan 5 - 9:33 PM

Nicolas Batum made a career-high 13-of-15 free throws on Wednesday, finishing a win vs. OKC with a season-high 28 points, four assists, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

Batum is averaging a career-best 3.7 free throw attempts this season, which is terrific news for fantasy owners since he's an 83.5 percent career shooter. He's returned top-50 overall roto value but is surging over the past few weeks as a top-20 player. He's unlikely to maintain his recent gaudy pace, but this is the mildest of sell-high moments.
Jan 4 - 10:05 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 7-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal in Monday's win, also knocking down all four of his free throws.

Batum has been shooting the ball very well lately and is really filling up the stat sheet, averaging 18.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games. He really struggled with his shot over the first half of December, but has been money ever since a 3-of-13 shooting disaster on Dec. 17. He has also compiled two double-doubles and a triple-double in three of his last seven games.
Jan 2 - 11:58 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-11 shots for 13 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Saturday against the Cavs

Batum was quiet offensively, but helped fantasy owners with his peripheral stats. The 11 field goal attempts marked the fewest he has attempted since Dec. 9. He should get back on track against the Bulls on Monday, a team he triple-doubled against several games ago.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:13:00 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 16 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, one block and three steals in a win over the Heat on Thursday.

He's almost like Russell Westbrook these days without the scoring punch. Batum has really been able to connect from the field lately thanks to cashing in from inside the paint over his last five, making 16-of-23 from that range. If he can continue to do that, that could help his efficiency stay consistent. As for the other stats, he's one of the best triple-double threats in the league right now.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 10:50:00 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Magic.

Batum and Kemba Walker combined for 41 points on 16-of-24 shooting, and both players should be fresh for Thursday's game vs. the Heat because this one was over in a hurry. Batum narrowly missed a triple-double with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three triples in 30 minutes, and he's now scored 20+ points in four straight games and in six out of his last seven.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Brian Roberts
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
C1Cody Zeller
2Roy Hibbert
3Spencer Hawes