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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
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Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.
"I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season. May 3 - 11:25 AM

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Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick.
Apr 30 - 6:17 PM

Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

After a season during which he averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers, Batum said he understood the blame should fall on him. "I understand that,'' Batum said. "There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I'm the first one to get mad at myself.'' While his numbers were a bit depressed this season, Batum is being a tad hard on himself and should be able to rebound to become a top-35 fantasy player again in 2015-16.
Apr 30 - 9:31 AM

Nicolas Batum had another poor shooting performance in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, going just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back.
Apr 30 - 1:38 AM

Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies.
Apr 26 - 1:53 AM

Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland.
Apr 22 - 10:47 PM

Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2.
Apr 19 - 10:55 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Nicolas Batum will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday due to a bruised right knee.

An MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis and the only good news for Blazers fans is that he didn't suffer any structural damage. Batum will likely be questionable for the start of the playoffs -- if he can't suit up, Portland will be forced to rely on Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe for SF production.
Apr 14 - 7:06 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) will undergo an MRI on his injured right knee on Tuesday.

X-rays on Batum's knee came back negative, so the Blazers will hope that further testing on Tuesday comes back negative as well. It would be a surprise to see Batum play against the Mavericks in Wednesday's regular season finale, so fantasy owners in search of one last push will want to look towards Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee if Batums sits.
Apr 14 - 10:43 AM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he doesn't think he'll play in the regular season finale.

This is not a surprise whatsoever and hopefully he'll be ready to go in Game 1 of the playoffs. While Batum is out on Wednesday, it'll be Allen Crabbe getting the start while Alonzo Gee should play more too.
Apr 13 - 10:47 PM

Nicolas Batum suffered a right knee injury and will not return to Monday's game.

He needed assistance to get to the locker room and it did not look good. Batum's knee twisted slightly and he'll likely be reevaluated on Tuesday. He also needed a PRP injection on his right knee earlier this season. If he's out Allen Crabbe would likely start and would get noteworthy minutes. The Blazers could really use some good news.
Apr 13 - 8:58 PM

Nicolas Batum lacked confidence against the Jazz on Saturday, shooting just 1-of-10 from the field and missing all six of his 3-pointers.

Here we go again. Batum was hesitant for most of the game and this is not what the Blazers want to see heading into the playoffs. To his credit, Batum did have six boards, eight assists, three steals and a block, but he is going to have to find his shooting touch if the Blazers want to make some noise in the playoffs, especially without Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and possibly Arron Afflalo (shoulder).
Apr 12 - 1:39 AM

Nicolas Batum played 41 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Thursday with seven points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He is really going to have to play massive minutes right now. Dorell Wright (hand) is out for the regular season and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) may also be out for a long time. Batum should put up huge numbers the rest of the way and should look as busy as he was in the 2013-14 season. He traveled more miles on a basketball court during NBA games than any player last season.
Apr 10 - 1:16 AM

Nicolas Batum started and hit 4-of-7 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

He got Monday off in order to rest and the Blazers are guaranteed at least the No. 4 seed after clinching their division. It's possible the big names get more rest prior to the end of the season, so watch the news feed for daily updates. Robin Lopez had 18 points and six boards, Damian Lillard hit 4-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points and six dimes, and Arron Afflalo was quiet with just four points on 1-of-7 shooting tonight.
Apr 9 - 1:13 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
3Tim Frazier
SG1Wesley Matthews
2Arron Afflalo
3C.J. McCollum
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Alonzo Gee
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland