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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 chipped in 11 points, six boards, five assists, three 3-pointers and two blocks in 38 minutes on Wednesday.
Batum is spending a lot more time as a pick-and-roll ball-handler in Charlotte, and a lot less time as a spot-up shooter, which is paying dividends for his fantasy owners. Now that he's healthy, there's nothing to stop Batum from racking up early-round value over Charlotte's final 29 games. He may also be shifting back to SF more if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) isn't ready after the break. Feb 10 - 10:15 PM

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Nicolas Batum scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Bulls on Monday.

That's three magnificent games from the Frenchman. In those three, Batum averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 3.3 treys on 53.3 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Batum figures to be an early-round player going forward.
Feb 8 - 9:44 PM

Nicolas Batum was everywhere during a 108-104 win over the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six turnovers in 44 minutes.

Yeah, that toe issue looks like it's behind him. Batum was the focal point of the offense and coach Steve Clifford allows him to read the defense to create the flow. He's coming off a 21-point gem on Friday, so his owners can obviously take their finger away from the panic button after a couple weeks of worry. Expect him to be an early-round player going forward.
Feb 6 - 9:49 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Friday.

This is the Batum we grew to love back in November. Hopefully his toe injury is behind him and he can go back to being a guy capable of putting up top-30 value. Batum could be on his way after tonight.
Feb 5 - 10:55 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) was in Charlotte's starting lineup on Wednesday, posting 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a win vs. the Cavaliers.

Batum was listed as doubtful and he's aggravated the injury a few times, so it was surprising to see him suit up tonight. His owners can only hope that it wasn't a premature return, but we're leaving him off the injury report for Friday's game vs. Miami. If he finally stays healthy, Batum should return top-40 rest-of-season value.
Feb 3 - 10:14 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) and Jeremy Lin will be the starting backcourt against the Cavs on Wednesday.

There's a decent chance Batum is limited from his lingering toe injury. He should still be involved as a play maker, but his efficiency woes make him someone not to use in DFS. His owners in season-long leagues can start him.
Feb 3 - 6:24 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) will warm up and hopes to play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

His toe injury has been bothering him for over a month and he's missed the last 10 days. If Batum can go, we'll likely see Jeremy Lin log all of his minutes at point guard while Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston figure to play less.
Feb 3 - 5:23 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

Batum was being listed as doubtful headed into Wednesday's game, but he may be forced to gut this one out with Kemba Walker (knee) set to spend his first game of the year on the sidelines. Check back for another update on Batum closer to tip-off, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be forced into heavy minutes.

Nicolas Batum (toe) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

Batum is in danger of missing his second straight game on Wednesday and could be out longer as he looks to have rushed his return. We'll keep an eye on his status after shootaround, but Batum's absence could mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be in for all the minutes he can handle as the only healthy wing besides Batum.
Feb 2 - 1:11 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

He wasn't right at all on Friday and the team will probably tell you they brought him back too soon. Batum was in a walking boot last week and the team might just shut him down to avoid this issue from happening over and over again. The Hornets have basically every decent wing besides Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurt, so any healthy body benefits.
Jan 30 - 6:46 PM

Nicolas Batum made 1-of-11 from the field for three points against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

He is still hurting. Damian Lillard even said he thought Batum was still dealing with his toe injury. Batum will get healthy at some point, but he might not really turn the corner until the break. His owners will have to make sure he's ready to go for each game.
Jan 30 - 1:43 AM

Nicolas Batum (toe) returned from a three-game absence to finish Wednesday's loss with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes of action.

Batum has been dealing with this toe injury for weeks and he's aggravated it at least once, but he made it through tonight's game unscathed. It can't hurt to double-check his status for Friday's road game in Portland, but we're leaving the multi-cat stud off the injury report.
Jan 28 - 12:20 AM

Nicolas Batum (toe) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

This is his first game back from a toe injury since Jan. 20. Batum has dealt with this toe issue for basically the entire month, so his minutes might be monitored. This means less run for Jeremy Lin and Troy Daniels.
Jan 27 - 8:14 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) and Jeremy Lamb (toe) are both game-time decisions on Wednesday against the Jazz.

This is a step in the right direction because Batum hasn't been going through pre-game stuff lately. He was in a boot over the weekend, so he could still be limited. If he's out, we'll see more Troy Daniels and definitely more Jeremy Lin.
Jan 27 - 2:35 PM

Nicolas Batum (toe) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah.

If both Batum and Jeremy Lamb (toe, questionable) can't play Wednesday, Jeremy Lin will have another game running with the starters, and he'll get all the run he can handle as one of the few healthy bodies in Charlotte's backcourt. Troy Daniels, who is coming off a 28-point outing will also benefit, and both Daniels and Lin will be in play for DFS should Batum and Lamb miss Wednesday's game.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
SG1P.J. Hairston
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Cody Zeller
2Spencer Hawes
3Al Jefferson