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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
Contract: view contract details

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Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell expects Nicolas Batum to start at small forward until Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) returns to action.
MKG dislocated his shoulder but the extent of the damage is unclear, but a timetable for his return should emerge this week. Head coach Steve Clifford isn't inclined to give Marvin Williams many minutes at SF, which all but forces Batum into the position given Charlotte's lack of depth at the position. Jeremy Lamb, Troy Daniels or P.J. Hairston could start at SG if Batum does temporarily shift to SF. We won't have any immediate clarity since Clifford is resting Batum on Sunday. Oct 4 - 2:33 PM

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Nicolas Batum made his Hornets preseason debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points with six rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

He is really in a position to succeed and should be among the NBA's best dime-producing wings to go with a litany of other stats. After a horrible start in 2014-15, Batum could be a steal in the fourth or fifth rounds.
Oct 3 - 10:50 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed that Nicolas Batum will start at SG this season.

He'll join Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson, with the PF position still undecided. Clifford has said repeatedly that Batum will be a focal point offensively and we're anticipating a solid bounce-back season for the 26-year-old. As a reminder of his upside, it was only two seasons ago that he averaged 13.0 points, 1.8 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
Sep 25 - 1:51 PM

Nicolas Batum couldn't find his shooting stroke during France's win over Serbia on Sunday, shooting 3-of-9 form the field (0-of-3 from beyond the arc) to finish with just seven points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals over 20 minutes.

Batum dropped a handful of gems during the EuroBasket tournament, but his 35.3 percent shooting from the field is a bit concerning. Batum shot a career-low 40.0 percent from the field last season and 32.4 percent on his 3-point attempts (also a career-low), but as a career 44.6 percent shooter, the odds are in his favor for a bounce-back year. He'll be one of the main guys on offense in Charlotte this upcoming season, so his opportunities to recoup from a down-year will be plentiful.
Sep 20 - 11:04 AM

Nicolas Batum did a little bit of everything during France's loss to Spain on Thursday, scoring 14 points (3-of-14 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs) to go with seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and one turnover over 37 minutes.

Batum hit a clutch 3-point shot to send the game into overtime, but ultimately France didn't have enough to stop Pau Gasol (40 points) and Team Spain. Batum will be in a feature role for the Hornets this upcoming season, and he gives the team some much needed 3-point shooting. He's a guy that can really fill up the stat sheet, and is a prime bounce-back candidate after down year in Portland. He’ll make for a fine mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 17 - 6:14 PM

Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford said that a lot of the offense this season will go through Nicolas Batum.

"He’s in a similar place to where [Hedo] Turkoglu was in Orlando as far as size and exceptional feel for the game," Clifford said of Batum, referring to his days spent as an assistant coach with the Magic. "If he’s open, he shoots it. If he’s not, he’ll drive. He’s as instinctual as you can ask of a player, and you can’t coach that." Clifford admitted that his strategy on offense could use some improvement, and that the team can't be overly reliant upon going down to Al Jefferson in the post. It's clear that Batum will be a focal point on offense for Charlotte, and he'll look to bounce-back after a disappointing season last year. He's well worth a mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 16 - 10:36 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 11 points in 17 minutes of action on Sunday, as France improved to 2-0 with a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

France won by 27 points so they didn't need much from Batum, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert, all of whom played 20 minutes or fewer. Nando De Colo and Joffrey Lauvergne tied for the team lead with 12 points each, and the French team is in great shape as they prepare for Monday's game vs. Poland.

Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

"His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense.
Aug 29 - 1:40 PM

Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal.
Aug 28 - 3:29 PM

Nicolas Batum posted a picture of the Charlotte Hornets logo on his Twitter feed as a way to shoot down the rumors of his reported interest in the Toronto Raptors.

A report from Grantland indicated that Batum's camp has put out indications that their client would be interested in signing for the Raptors next summer, but Batum's response on Twitter should quiet down some of that noise. Charlotte does own his Bird Rights, so one would think that they would have the upper hand in free agency next summer. With Batum eyeing a hefty paycheck this summer, expect him to bounce back after a terrible 2014-15 season with the Blazers. Check out the link below to view all of Batum's Tweets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

Nicolas Batum's camp has reportedly put out indications that their client would be interested in playing for the Raptors next season.

Batum will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and his camp has indicated that Toronto is a city that would appeal to the Frenchman's international roots. While the Hornets do own Batum's Bird Rights, a losing season in Charlotte may talk louder than any extra money. For now, Batum will have to concentrate on bouncing back after a disappointing 2014-15, but he has the potential to be a mid-round fantasy steal if he's able to return to form.
Source: Grantland
Jul 28 - 10:42 AM

The Hornets are expected to run a lot of their offense through Nicolas Batum.

"I know my role is going to be different and I like that," Batum said. "I know I can do a lot of things on the court; I’m a very versatile player. So me and Kemba [Walker] can do great things together." He's coming off a massive letdown in 2014-15, but we've seen Batum show the potential of being a top-10 guy.
Jun 27 - 7:58 PM

Nicolas Batum is expected to start at shooting guard.

He hasn't started at shooting guard since the 2011-12 season, but Batum played shooting guard in different lineups this year. He'll give the Hornets some serious length on defense and he's a much better fit to help the Hornets from 3-point range. Expect him to flirt with several triple-doubles this season.
Jun 24 - 10:13 PM

The Blazers are finalizing a trade to send Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

Wow. This one comes out of nowhere. Batum is coming off a really down year, making just 40.0 percent from the field for averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 treys. He instantly becomes the Hornets' best wing and will undoubtedly be the starter. Batum can also make plays, so it will allow Kemba Walker to play off the ball more. Expect Batum to have a bounce-back season and put up top-40 fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 7:04 PM

Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season.
Source: CSN NW
May 5 - 9:37 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
4Elliot Williams
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2P.J. Hairston
3Sam Thompson
PF1Frank Kaminsky
2Marvin Williams
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Cody Zeller
C1Al Jefferson
2Spencer Hawes
3Jason Washburn