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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.
Maybe this will help his trade value. Earlier this week, ESPN reported the Hornets are looking to get Batum's contract off the books, but it's not going to be easy with Batum having his worst season in years. He's still an OK hold in standard leagues. Jan 20 - 10:30 PM

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Nicolas Batum hit just 4-of-13 shots, but also had a 3-pointer, 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Pistons.

The shooting was bad, but it was nice to see Batum do some other things, as well. He's had a rough season and his gimpy elbow has slowed him down, but there's still a decent chance Batum has a nice second half. Turnovers have been an issue for him and he had four more today, but he's scored in double figures in three straight and has at least a steal and a 3-pointer in each of those.
Jan 15 - 3:29 PM

Nicolas Batum went for 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 101-91 loss against Oklahoma City.

Batum was able to hit a pair of 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot, but he also turned it over four times. He just hasn't been himself this season, and he started out behind the 8-ball with a rather serious elbow injury to start. It's uncertain if the ailment continues to bother him more than he is saying, but something is amiss, much to the dismay of his fantasy owners.
Jan 13 - 8:24 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 11 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in Friday's win over the Jazz.

He was 5-of-11 from the field with two turnovers and zero free throw attempts in 36 minutes. He's been pretty bad since the start of the new year and you have to wonder if his elbow is holding him back. Batum is averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples over his last five games, numbers you wouldn't expect from a guy who is owed nearly $100 million over the next four seasons.
Jan 12 - 10:27 PM

Nicolas Batum ended up with just four points on 2-of-9 shooting in Friday's 108-94 win against the Lakers.

Batum was a dismal 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line while turning it over twice, but at least he salvaged the stat line with seven assists and three rebounds across his 28 minutes and he ended up sharing the team lead with a plus-15 rating. The normally consistent Batum has been rather erratic this season, and the problems can be traced to his elbow injury. He remains a fantasy must-start, but expect his totals to continue to yo-yo all season.
Jan 6 - 1:29 AM

Nicolas Batum hit 8-of-12 shots, 3-of-5 3-pointers and 2-of-3 free throws for 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes of Tuesday's blowout win over the Kings.

Batum looked good tonight and had his best scoring night since Dec. 16, and those are the only two games he's scored at least 20 points this season. The fact he's not stealing or blocking as well as he used to is also disappointing, but Batum's elbow injury has impacted him heavily this season. He appears to finally be getting healthy and could be ready to take off, meaning this could be a buy-low opportunity. However, it's been a long season for his owners, and he hit just 4-of-14 shots for nine points in his previous game.
Jan 3 - 12:46 AM

Nicolas Batum finished with 15 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal across 32 minutes in Friday's 111-100 win at Golden State.

Batum hasn't been his normal self from a fantasy perspective, as he still just doesn't look 100 percent after a preseason elbow delayed the start of his season. He is playing, and he is still chipping in for fantasy owners in multiple categories, just not chipping in at the rate we've seen in previous seasons.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 01:09:00 AM

Nicolas Batum was good for 12 points, six assists and five rebounds across 25 minutes in Saturday's 111-106 victory against the Bucks.

Batum wasn't a fantasy beast, but he did what he does best - contribute a little bit in multiple categories. He also was credited with a pair of blocked shot and a steal while turning it over just once. Batum continues to nursing a left elbow injury, and that's keeping him from being his normal productive self. Hopefully a few days off at the holiday break will do him some good.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:44:00 PM

Nicolas Batum missed his only shot attempt and finished scoreless in 26 minutes on Wednesday, with five assists and a pair of rebounds.

Batum's injured left elbow remains a glaring concern, especially since he said he might need an offseason procedure for it to fully heal. He did score 23 points on Saturday and Charlotte has talked a lot about getting him more involved offensively, so hopefully this was just a temporary setback in a blowout loss. It's tough to trade him right now, too, since his injury is scaring most owners away.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 10:26:00 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 4-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes of Monday's easy 109-91 win over the Knicks.

Batum's ability to fill a stat line is what makes him so appealing, but his elbow injury has made him tough to love this season. But he's played in four straight games and while his scoring is down, he's consistently posting stats in nearly every fantasy category. If he can stay healthy, now would be a pretty good time to try to buy low on Batum.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:30:00 PM

Hornets acting coach Stephen Silas said he will continue to find ways to get Nicolas Batum more involved in the offense.

Batum scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, five assists, no turnovers and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday, and he attempted a season-high 17 shots which matched his total from his previous two games combined. "Hopefully, this is the start of him having some rhythm in his game," Silas said, "because we’re going to need it." It was nice to see Batum find some success, but his elbow is still going to be a concern going forward.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, five assists, no turnovers and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

Maybe it took a revenge game to get him going. Coach Steve Clifford staggers Batum away from the first unit a little more, so maybe it took some time to adjust to his new-ish role. If you don't want to give him the benefit of the doubt there, his left elbow is still a slight concern, but he didn't have a sleeve on it today. He still has some work to do to dig himself out of his slow start, but this is a good sign.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 09:30:00 PM

Nic Batum made 2-of-7 from the field for five points with three rebounds, 10 assists and two steals in 37 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

For the first time this season, Batum did not shoot a 3-pointer. His confidence does seem to be down on his shot, which makes sense because he's really struggled all year. Maybe he'll get better once his elbow is clearly 100 percent, but Batum is likely going to be in the low 40s at best on field goal percentage. He's still worth owning, but his owners should consider benching him.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 09:49:00 PM

Nicolas Batum (left elbow) started on Wednesday and had nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum's return is encouraging for fantasy owners, but there's no sugar-coating his recent statements about "always" being in pain. The torn ligament in his elbow might require an offseason procedure to fully correct, so this has the potential to nag him all season. The good news is that he suited up despite being listed as 'doubtful' for Wednesday, so we'll leave him off the injury report for Charlotte's home games on Friday and Saturday.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:32:00 AM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything apparently went well. Batum may not have his usual green light as a shooter because he's struggling and he may not be 100 percent.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:22:00 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
2Johnny O'Bryant
C1Dwight Howard
2Frank Kaminsky
3Cody Zeller
4Mangok Mathiang