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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.
Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Nov 15 - 11:03 PM

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Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

He'll be starting with Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard, so Jeremy Lamb moves to the bench here. Batum is still likely going to have his minutes managed for a couple games, but he should be added in all leagues. As for Lamb, he may still have value because coach Steve Clifford said he wants to play him heavy minutes.
Nov 15 - 6:21 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday vs. Cleveland but will play limited minutes.

This is the confirmation Batum owners were hoping for. Last season, Batum averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.8 treys and 1.1 steals over 34.0 minutes. He ranked 59th overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. There is no reason to believe he won't replicate similar production over the final 70 games of the 2017-18 campaign. With Batum back in the starting lineup, Jeremy Lamb will be bumped to the bench.
Nov 14 - 12:06 PM

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum (elbow) "should" play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers barring a setback.

In case you missed it, Batum made it through a full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage on Sunday. "I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today," Marvin Williams said. "There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball." The Hornets are planning to scrimmage again on Monday, so it'll be interesting to see how his elbow responds. While he will be brought along slowly in the early going, Batum has to be owned everywhere.
Nov 13 - 10:12 AM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) looked "great" at practice during a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

He was cleared for full contact a couple days ago and it sounds like he has a really good chance to make his season debut on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. Batum will be brought along slowly, and coach Steve Clifford even hinted that he could come off the bench. He needs to be owned everywhere, but expectations should be held in check in the early going. Jeremy Lamb's owners should sit tight while we see how this rotation unfolds.
Nov 12 - 1:01 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) took on contact at practice on Thursday and "did it all," according to coach Steve Clifford.

Coach Clifford did hint that Batum could play more minutes on some nights, and not as many in other matchups. It did also sound like Batum could come off the bench to help organize the second unit, especially with how well Jeremy Lamb has played. The Hornets have their next home game on Nov. 15 against the Cavs, and it feels like Batum has a decent shot to play in that one. He should be added in standard leagues.
Nov 9 - 4:27 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) is close to being cleared and could return to game action as early as Nov. 15 against the Cavs, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

This coincides with the previous timeline from Nov. 1 with Batum possibly making it back Nov. 14-21. He still needs to be cleared and it's certainly possible he's not available for the national TV game on the 15th. Fantasy owners should probably pounce on Batum where he's available. Jeremy Lamb may lose some playing time, especially after Malik Monk's recent improvement.
Nov 8 - 2:21 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) expects to be cleared to practice in the next 10 days and be playing in the next 2-3 weeks.

He suffered a torn ligament in the preseason and has been out since Oct. 4. This new timeline is earlier than expected with the previous one having a best-case scenario of 20 games and as much as 34, so that number may only wind up being in the teens. If you want to stash him for 2-3 weeks, it makes sense in a lot of formats. Jeremy Lamb would take a hit upon his return.
Nov 1 - 2:16 PM

A Dallas specialist informed the Hornets that Nicolas Batum will not require surgery on the torn ligament in his left elbow, and his timetable has been set at 6-8 weeks.

This injury is to Batum's non-shooting elbow, so maybe he'll be able to meet the early end of this 6-8 week timetable, although he should still be knocked down a few pegs on your draft board. Jeremy Lamb, who will start in place of Batum, put in averages of 15.2 points, 8.2 boards and 2.6 assists in five starts last season, and he could be someone to consider as a late-round flier on draft day.
Oct 10 - 10:53 AM

Nicolas Batum is in Dallas on Monday getting a second opinion on his elbow.

Batum said he doesn't think the injury is season-ending, but added that this visit with a specialist will determine whether or not he needs surgery. "It’s going to be long, but not that long," Batum said of his timetable. "If it were my shooting arm, it would be a lot longer. At max, it’s three months." Batum said he's anticipating a decision on Tuesday. Jeremy Lamb will start in Batum's place and looks like a solid pickup in standard leagues.
Oct 9 - 11:41 AM

Nicolas Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-12 weeks.

This is a massive blow to the Hornets, who rely on Batum to handle the ball and space the floor. Missing 8-12 weeks means Batum will miss at least 20 games and could miss as much as 34. With him out, it'll be Jeremy Lamb as the next man up. Coach Steve Clifford has talked up Lamb a ton this summer, so he should be capable of playing minutes in the upper 20s. Malik Monk will also see plenty of run as a two guard. Plus, Kemba Walker and the other starters will have a bigger scoring burden on their shoulders.
Oct 5 - 4:19 PM

Nicolas Batum's elbow injury "appears serious," according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

He had an MRI on Thursday, but this early report from a very credible source sounds like he could miss a lot of time. Batum suffered an elbow sprain, so this report likely means he has ligament damage. If he is out, it'll be Jeremy Lamb picking up most of the work while Malik Monk also benefits. This would also put a ton of pressure on Kemba Walker. Stay tuned for an official update from the team.
Oct 5 - 4:05 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) is undergoing an MRI on Thursday.

The initial diagnosis was a left elbow sprain, but we should have another update on either Thursday evening or Friday morning. If Batum is forced to the sidelines, Jeremy Lamb will get an extended look and Malik Monk may get a bump as well.
Oct 5 - 1:56 PM

Nicolas Batum (left elbow sprain) will not return to Wednesday's preseason game.

The initial diagnosis is encouraging, but we'll have to see how severe the sprain is before guessing at a timetable for Batum -- if nothing else, it's safe to assume Charlotte will be extra cautious this preseason. Jeremy Lamb would likely gain the most if Batum misses any time.

Nicolas Batum headed into the locker room with an apparent left wrist/forearm injury on Wednesday.

We'll reserve judgement on Batum's injury until the Hornets provide an update. Even if it's insignificant, it would be shocking to see the veteran return to a preseason game.
Oct 4 - 7:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Julyan Stone
4Marcus Paige
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Johnny O'Bryant
C1Dwight Howard
2Cody Zeller
3Mangok Mathiang