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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 shot just 1-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep on Sunday vs. the Kings, finishing with just two points, five assists, four boards and one steal in 31 minutes.
This was a pretty brutal game for Batum, but he has been much better since the All-Star break, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Batum's owners may never forgive him after his horrific start to the season, but at least he is starting to turn things around. Mar 1 - 8:55 PM

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Nicolas Batum said he feels refreshed and ready for the second half of the season after spending six days in Mexico.

Batum has been mired in a season-long slump, but said six days of vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the All-Star Break helped him hit the rest button. "I needed that," Batum said. "Just to refresh my mind. Just to go away from the stress. Just get away." Batum has has strong back-to-back performances and has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in those two games. If he can keep this up, he'll go a long way toward redeeming himself with fantasy owners who spent a top-35 pick on him.
Feb 26 - 1:31 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

Yes, that's the guy you thought you were drafting early last October, and it's nice that he's finally starting to show up. He's averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. Hopefully he's ready to keep the train rolling, just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Feb 26 - 3:08 AM

Nicolas Batum got back on track vs. Memphis with 17 points, three 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

This was Batum's first double-digit scoring performance in five games and it marks his second double-double all season. Tonight's outburst is attributable to LaMarcus Aldridge's absence with a thumb injury, but it's still encouraging to see Batum aggressive and accurate offensively. The All-Star break may have aided his rehab but it's hard to view Batum as more than a rest-of-season mid-round value.
Feb 22 - 11:54 PM

Nicolas Batum scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Friday's sleepy loss to the Jazz.

It looked like the Blazers were still on break and though it may be tempting to point out the lack of scoring on this line, Batum had one of the better nights amongst his teammates. LaMarcus Aldridge hit 5-of-16 shots to put up 14 and eight with not much else, Damian Lillard scored 19 points but had just two assists to go with five turnovers, Wesley Matthews was solid with 13 points and seven boards, and Robin Lopez got swallowed up by Rudy Gobert on an eight-point, four-rebound night. We'll see what happens to Batum when Arron Afflalo gets on the floor, as he could get both motivated or gut-punched by it.

Nicolas Batum was not wearing a wrist brace at practice on Wednesday.

The All-Star break looks like it helped him get healthy. Batum has been a colossal letdown this season and his numbers over his last nine have been awful, making just 28.2 percent from the field for averages of 7.0 points, 6.2 boards, 4.9 assists and 0.8 steals. If he is able to shoot the ball better, Batum could have a strong second half. He's a nice buy-low target.
Feb 18 - 10:02 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists during Sunday's game, but he scored only five points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer.

The All-Star break can't come soon enough for Batum, though he won't be 100 percent until he recovers from offseason surgery to correct the torn tendon on the outside of his wrist. The good news is that he's likely to play through the injury all season. The bad news is that his offense has suffered mightily, and as a result he's barely holding top-100 value over the past month in 8-cat leagues.
Feb 8 - 10:42 PM

Nicolas Batum scored just two points and missed all eight of his shot attempts in an overtime loss to the Mavericks on Saturday, adding 10 boards and four assists in 42 minutes.

Fresh off a 20-point performance against the Suns on Thursday, Batum couldn't keep that momentum going tonight to the dismay of his owners. Though he has been a major disappointment this season, Batum should be able to get some quality rest for his ailing wrist during the All-Star break, so look for him to start turning things around soon.
Feb 8 - 12:30 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 20 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

Finally. Batum made just 32.4 percent from the field Portland's previous 10 games and all of his other stats have fallen off, as well. He was so good for two years before this season-long slump, so we still like him as a buy-low target.
Feb 6 - 1:22 AM

Nicolas Batum posted 10 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks vs. Utah on Tuesday, logging 35 minutes in the Blazers' home win.

This is the type of quietly effective fantasy line Batum's owners were expecting from the moment they drafted him. He's slipped to mid-round value while playing through a torn tendon in his wrist this season, but should benefit from the return of Robin Lopez, who is a better passer and commands more attention in the paint than Portland's alternatives at center.
Feb 4 - 1:13 AM

Nicolas Batum was quiet against the Bucks during a 95-88 loss on Saturday with five points, seven boards, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes.

Needless to say, this month was not Batum's best. In his 14 January games, he only had a 14.7 usage rate with averages of 8.3 points, 5.6 boards, 4.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 triples on 35.0 percent from the field. His fantasy owners should think about benching him for now, but cutting him is not an option. Additionally, the Blazers have gone 2-8 in their last 10.
Feb 1 - 1:48 AM

Nicolas Batum battled through his wrist injury on Friday against the Hawks, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

He left the game in the first quarter due to pain in his wrist. Batum was able to return to the game, but it was obvious he's not at 100 percent. His fantasy owners are just going to have to hang in there and the Blazers might want to sit him down.
Jan 30 - 9:52 PM

Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 1:43 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) said that he will play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Batum is going to have a very difficult matchup against DeMarre Carroll of the Hawks today, and with the way he's been struggling as of late, Batum doesn't look like a great play in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 12:11 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is not being listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report.

While this isn't a definitive statement that Batum will suit up for Friday's game against the Hawks, it is an encouraging sign. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but it should be noted that Batum has an unfavorable matchup today against the Hawks, so he's not looking like a great option in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 11:26 AM