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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum scored just eight points over 27 minutes in Friday's 122-105 road win in Washington.
Batum was a poor 3-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, but he was able to salvage the fantasy stat line with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals while posting just two turnovers. After showing some signs of life at the early part of February, he is averaging just 8.5 PPG over his past four outings while shooting 32.4 percent (12-of-37) from the floor. Feb 23 - 9:54 PM

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Nicolas Batum looked terrible during Sunday's 123-103 loss to the Raptors on Sunday, going 0-of-10 from the field on his way to two points, five assists, three boards and one steal in 26 minutes.

Batum's only points came from the charity stripe, where he went 2-of-3, but this was obviously a very disappointing game given how well he had been playing as of late. Hey, at least he didn't commit a turnover. We'd expect a big-time bounce-back performance on Wednesday with a much more favorable matchup in Orlando.
Feb 11 - 4:31 PM

Nicolas Batum finished with 13 points, two assists and a steal over 31 minutes in Friday's 106-94 loss at Utah.

Batum hit 6-of-13 from the floor, including 1-of-3 from behind the 3-point line. He is working on a season-high streak with 10 or more points, but the zero rebounds and just two assists will certainly not put a smile on the face of his fantasy owners. He'll look for better results on Sunday afternoon against the visiting Raptors.
Feb 9 - 11:35 PM

Nicolas Batum struggled with his shot during Thursday's overtime loss to Portland, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points in 39 minutes of action.

The Hornets got off to a horrible start in this one, going just 7-of-23 from the field through the first quarter of action, and Batum was part of that efficiency problem. Some of that was due to some stingy defense from the Trail Blazers, but he also missed a handful of wide-open looks. It wasn’t all bad though, as Batum still contributed one 3-pointer, two rebounds, five assists and four steals while he was out there.
Feb 9 - 1:33 AM

Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, four rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes of Monday's 121-104 loss to the Nuggets.

Batum has now scored in double digits in five straight games and is averaging 20 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over that stretch. He got off to a really slow start this season, but is still returning 10th-round fantasy value, and has been worth a fifth-round pick over the last couple weeks.
Feb 5 - 11:57 PM

Nicolas Batum had 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal during Sunday's 115-110 road win in Phoenix.

The Hornets are making a concerted effort to get Batum involved in the first quarter, and it's paying dividends. "By the very nature of how [Batum] plays, he’s good to play through early," said coach Steve Clifford. "He’s going to make the right play ... When he has the ball, everybody touches it." Charlotte has won three straight games, aided by Batum's improved play, and he's surging as a top-50 value over the past few weeks. The wait may have been worth it for patient fantasy owners.
Feb 4 - 6:01 PM

Nicolas Batum said Charlotte's ball movement is the reason for his recent success on the court.

"I don’t want just plays to score. When you get me involved early in a game, I can do this ball-movement stuff," he said. "Like [Friday’s win vs. the Pacers]: I scored, 31 points, but we were moving. There wasn’t a lot of one-on-one play. I don’t know how many assists we had in the first quarter, but it had to be a lot." His fantasy owners are loving life right now, as he also had a triple-double vs. the Hawks on Jan. 31 and a 22-point effort vs. the Pacers on Jan. 29. If the Hornets have a quiet trade deadline, that will be good news for Batum.
Feb 4 - 9:50 AM

Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 31 points with another season-high seven treys, adding nine rebounds an two assists in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

After a terrible start to his season, Batum may finally be back to his usual self. Perhaps it was the lingering elbow issue or he has been prone to a slump, but he's coming off three really strong games. The Hornets reportedly want to deal him to get him off the books and a trade would likely hurt his value, especially now that he has a rhythm going.
Feb 2 - 10:08 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 10 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in a triple-double against the Hawks on Wednesday.

That's the eighth triple-double of his career and his fourth as a Hornet to pass Baron Davis for third-most in franchise history. Batum was coming into this one playing well this month, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 boards, 4.2 assists and 1.5 treys. His fantasy value probably won't change too much after the deadline even if Kemba Walker is dealt.
Feb 1 - 12:14 AM

Nicolas Batum hit 8-of-17 shots and five 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 35 minutes of Monday's loss to the Pacers.

This was the second game this season Batum has fired up 17 shots and, ironically, he hit five 3-pointers in the other one on Dec. 16, as well. Batum has been really disappointing this season, but has shown signs of turning things around, scoring in double figures in seven of his last nine games. The buy-low window is still wide open on Batum, but if he gets hot, it will close quickly.
Jan 29 - 9:24 PM

Nic Batum made 3-of-13 from the field for nine points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Apparently, he doesn't like to play the Heat because he continues to make silly turnovers in key moments. That issue aside, he was playing his best ball of he season and he seems to have fixed his shooting woes.
Jan 27 - 10:21 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 19 points with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He's finally found his shot and maybe it has to do with his elbow getting better. Batum is reportedly on the trade block and chances are a move would cost him usage and minutes.
Jan 26 - 10:02 PM

Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.

Maybe this will help his trade value. Earlier this week, ESPN reported the Hornets are looking to get Batum's contract off the books, but it's not going to be easy with Batum having his worst season in years. He's still an OK hold in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 10:30 PM

Nicolas Batum hit just 4-of-13 shots, but also had a 3-pointer, 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Pistons.

The shooting was bad, but it was nice to see Batum do some other things, as well. He's had a rough season and his gimpy elbow has slowed him down, but there's still a decent chance Batum has a nice second half. Turnovers have been an issue for him and he had four more today, but he's scored in double figures in three straight and has at least a steal and a 3-pointer in each of those.
Jan 15 - 3:29 PM

Nicolas Batum went for 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 101-91 loss against Oklahoma City.

Batum was able to hit a pair of 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot, but he also turned it over four times. He just hasn't been himself this season, and he started out behind the 8-ball with a rather serious elbow injury to start. It's uncertain if the ailment continues to bother him more than he is saying, but something is amiss, much to the dismay of his fantasy owners.
Jan 13 - 8:24 PM