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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
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Nicolas Batum got off to a slow start on Wednesday, but came through with 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the win.
This is what he does, so make sure he's in your lineup every time the Blazers play. Oct 30 - 2:24 AM

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All five Blazers starters played exactly 20 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game and none of them did much of anything to note.

Nicolas Batum had a full stat line of five points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block, LaMarcus Aldridge had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block, and Damian Lillard had nine points and zero assists in their 20-minutes of run. Robin Lopez had five points, two rebounds and zero blocks, and Wesley Matthews, now apparently over his heart ailment, had six points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. This is really the first time the starting unit has played together this year, and it showed. All five players should be drafted in fantasy leagues, as we expect the Blazers to rely heavily on the starting unit again this season.

Nicolas Batum wants to get to the line more this season.

He added he wants to be more aggressive in general. Batum was spectacular around the rim last season, making 73.7 percent of his shots within three feet. However, he did only take 23.2 percent of his shots from that range -- only the second season he has been below 30 percent in his six-year career. He's a second round target in fantasy.
Oct 6 - 10:48 AM

Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud.
Sep 13 - 2:23 PM

Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, finishing with 35 points, eight 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.

Batum had been struggling with his 3-point shot throughout the FIBA tournament, but that was clearly not an issue in this one. Batum was a fantasy stud last season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Those all-around numbers are fantasy gold, and he's someone to target in the late-second and early-third round of standard leagues.
Sep 12 - 5:57 PM

Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 14 points during Saturday's 69-64 win over Croatia to go with two boards, one assist, four steals and one block.

He missed all six shots from beyond the arc, but he was 5-of-7 on his twos during the win. That's been a big story for him in this event, making 63.3 percent of his twos and only 20.0 percent from downtown. Batum was terrific after the break last season with his 40.1 percent from deep and his game has been built from the outside and in, but he's capable of becoming a very well-rounded scorer. He's a player to target in the late-second or early-third round of standard drafts..
Sep 6 - 2:40 PM

Nicolas Batum is averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in in five group play games with France.

France finished in third place in Group A and will advance to the round of 16. Batum's numbers for the French national team have declined since the 2013 EuroBasket and 2012 Olympics. Perhaps the drop in production is related to the absence of his elite point guard Tony Parker.
Sep 4 - 3:57 PM

Nicolas Batum said he'll focus on being on the track and hitting the weight room this offseason.

He's already said he wants to work on his post-up game, so some added muscle will definitely help him there. Batum led the NBA in total miles run on the court last season and is clearly one of the most fit players in the NBA. His game translates to fantasy extremely well and he should be off the board in the first two rounds of standard leagues.
Jun 20 - 12:58 PM

Nicolas Batum is focused on improving his post play this offseason.

Batum said that his offseason workouts have been focused on developing his post game and that he considers it part of taking the next step as a player. Batum finished the 2013-14 season with averages of 13.0 points, 1.8 3-pointers, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks and continued to be one of the best all-around fantasy players to own. He won't win any single category for his owners, but he's able to contribute a little bit everywhere and the addition of a post game to his repertoire would go a long way towards solidifying his status as a top fantasy player.
Jun 10 - 1:47 PM

Nicolas Batum announced on Thursday he will play for Team France this summer in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"It is with pleasure that I confirm my participation at the World Cup in Spain this summer," Batum announced on his official Facebook page. Although he has been playing internationally with Team France for years, there were reports he was contemplating whether to sit out the FIBA World Cup this summer. Batum played in all 82 games this season and ranked sixth in the league in total minutes played with 2,956.
May 29 - 2:09 PM

Nicolas Batum was effective in slowing down Tony Parker during Game 4's win over the Spurs on Monday.

Blazers' coach Terry Stotts decided to open the game with Batum on Parker and his decision paid dividends. Parker averaged 26.0 points and 8.3 assists during the first three games of the series, but was held to just 14 points and one assist on Monday night. "I think tonight, putting me on Tony made me more aggressive," Batum said. "I know him. I’m not saying I can stop him, but I know Tony, I have played with him a lot, I have watched him for so long." Lack of aggressiveness have been one the bigger knocks on Batum during his career and Monday night's performance could serve as a stepping stone for him to take his game to another level.
May 13 - 10:25 AM

Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 21 points during Game 2's 114-97 loss at San Antonio, adding nine boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-13 shooting.

He did turn the ball over five times and Kawhi Leonard made him look bad on the other end. The Blazers continue to run a very fast pace, but their efficiency has been way off. They only had 15 assists tonight on their 40 field goals, which is not going to get it done vs. the Spurs. Damian Lillard was a bit better tonight, scoring 19 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.
May 9 - 12:12 AM

Nicolas Batum finished Game 4 with 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers in 45 minutes, helping the Blazers escape with a win in OT.

LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled with 29 & 10, Wesley Matthews chipped in 21 points, and Damian Lillard had 23 points and eight assists to help Portland earn a 3-1 lead in their first-round matchup. Not to be overlooked, fellow starter Robin Lopez had six points and 11 rebounds while battling tooth and nail against Dwight Howard for 32 minutes, and he left to an ovation after fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Nicolas Batum, who scored a career playoff-high 26 points on Friday, came up limping late in the game due to a big toe injury.

The spry small forward didn't miss any playing time but it's worth noting that he did actually have a specific ache. Batum dealt with a number of nagging injuries during the 2013-14 season including a foot injury but did not miss any games during the campaign. He should be good to go for Game 4 but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Apr 26 - 11:03 AM

Nicolas Batum had a career playoff-high 26 points during Friday's 121-116 overtime loss to the Rockets, adding nine boards, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

He suffered a minor leg injury and was limping for about a minute late in the game, but it didn't cost him any playing time. Batum was all over the court tonight and the Rockets had some issues matching up with him all game. He played in all 82 games this season and led the NBA with 216 miles ran on the court, so we think he'll be ready for Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 26 - 2:11 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
SG1Wesley Matthews
2C.J. McCollum
3Will Barton
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Victor Claver
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
2Thomas Robinson
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland