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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
Contract: view contract details

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Nicolas Batum made 4-of-17 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.
He's in another shooting slump, which is nothing new for how he plays. He's made just 30.2 percent from the field in his last three games for his 14.2 points per game. Only 11.6 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's made just 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) outside of the paint in that span. His owners shouldn't be surprised and just have to hope he snaps out of it the next time out against the Clippers on Sunday. Feb 25 - 8:35 PM

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Nicolas Batum scored a game-high 25 points in a loss to the Clippers on Saturday, adding six rebounds, eight assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

It's the first time he's scored at least 20 points since Jan. 4. Batum did not shoot the ball well in January at just 39.4 percent from the field, which is mostly due to how he counts on his jumper so much. He's still been a stat stuffer in February so far, averaging 16.2 points, 6.0 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 treys this month. He'll continue to flirt with early-round value.
Feb 11 - 7:44 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Rockets.

Batum was fantastic on Tuesday when he had 17 points, eight boards, four assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers, and kept it going tonight. He's averaging 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 blocks on 46 percent shooting over his last five and is worth a fifth-round pick this season, according to And when he shoots it well from the field, he's more like a third- or fourth-round player.
Feb 9 - 9:24 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 7-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 111-107 win over the Nets.

When Batum is clicking on all cylinders, he's a blast to own. He fills it up in every category and while his shooting percentage often leaves something to be desired, he's sitting at a respectable 47 percent over his last five games.
Feb 7 - 9:49 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers.

He would have done more but the Hornets pulled their starters in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. Oddly, Batum has just one steal and no blocks in his last five games, but he's hit 12 3-pointers in his last four, while shooting 23-of-47 shots (49%) over that stretch.
Feb 1 - 12:25 AM

Nicolas Batum nearly triple-doubled vs. the Knicks on Friday with 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

He was incredible and arguably had the assist of the night with a sweet dish to Frank Kaminsky (link below) for a cutting layup. Batum shot 5-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with one steal and three triples in 36 minutes. He has played 35+ minutes in four straight games, but luckily he gets another great matchup vs. the Kings on Saturday.
Jan 27 - 10:48 PM

Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points, seven rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of Monday's 109-99 loss to the Wizards.

Batum didn't have a 3-pointer, steal or block tonight, marking just the fourth time this season he didn't have at least one of them in a game. He'd hit double figures in scoring in his previous three games and has been dynamite since returning from his knee injury, so don't be too discouraged by tonight's disappointing line. He'll bounce back.
Jan 23 - 9:34 PM

The Hornets snapped their five-game losing streak on Wednesday, aided by Nicolas Batum's 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum leads the Hornets with 7.4 rebounds per game, and he's also posting career-best numbers in scoring (15.0 points per game) and assists (5.8). He's flirting with second-round value over the past month, despite a recent shooting slump, and he's a good bet to finish in the top-50 for roto.
Jan 18 - 10:59 PM

Nicolas Batum had eight points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-11 shooting in Monday's MLK Day 108-98 loss to the Celtics.

Batum has been back for two games since returning from a knee injury and is averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in them. He hit 7-of-14 shots on Friday, but never got it going offensively tonight, missing 9-of-11 shots and costing himself a triple-double. He's a must-start in fantasy as long as he's playing for the Hornets. Teammate Kemba Walker had the same issue, hitting just 8-of-21 shots for 24 points, two assists and three 3-pointers.
Jan 16 - 9:52 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Brian Roberts
4Briante Weber
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Christian Wood
C1Cody Zeller
2Miles Plumlee
3Mike Tobey