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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
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Nicolas Batum kept his stat-filling ways going on Friday during a 109-88 win over the Magic with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
After a really rough finish to his November, Batum has been Westbrook-equse contributor on the stat sheet this month. Over his five December games, he's averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 boards, 7.0 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.8 treys. He's still counting on his jumper way too much, so there will be some rough efficiency nights. Batum is clearly trending up, though. Dec 9 - 9:57 PM

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Nicolas Batum scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes against Dallas on Monday.

Batum shot 5-of-14 from the field and missed all six of his 3-pointers. but was able to hit all four of his freebies from the line. He's averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he's only shooting 33.3 percent from the field in that span.
Dec 6 - 1:00 AM

Nicolas Batum handed out a season-high 12 assists during a 125-120 overtime loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The offense went through Batum to make him more of a passer, which helped keep down his somewhat inefficient ways. The inconsistency has been a factor for Batum on the scoring side of things for most of the season. In his previous games, Batum had just 10.0 percent of his shots at the rim while he’s only made 32.8 percent on midrange. He’s posted sixth-round value on the year.
Dec 3 - 10:12 PM

Nicolas Batum hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's

He's still recovering from an eye injury and has now hit just 4-of-16 shots since returning to action, but he at least filled the stat sheet a bit tonight, unlike on Monday. Batum could be in line for even more run going forward after Jeremy Lamb suffered a right knee contusion on Tuesday.
Nov 29 - 9:38 PM

Nicolas Batum (eye) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring six points with four assists, two rebounds and two turnovers.

Batum hit just 1-of-5 shots, but made all four of his free throws in 23 minutes. The Hornets were able to limit his workload due to the lopsided score and he looked fine for the most part, so he should see his normal workload on Tuesday vs. the Pistons.
Nov 28 - 11:33 PM

Nicolas Batum (eye) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

The corneal abrasion will only end up costing Batum one game on the sidelines, and there's no indication that he'll be working with a minutes limit tonight. Jeremy Lamb will return to the bench with Batum active, and Lamb's minutes will likely be in the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and get Batum active.
Nov 28 - 6:35 PM

Nicolas Batum (eye) is probable to return vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

Jeremy Lamb went off in Batum's absence but he'll likely return to a bench role if Batum is cleared to play. The injury wasn't considered very serious and his return is great news with Marco Belinelli (hamstring) also nursing an injury.
Nov 27 - 6:54 PM

Nicolas Batum (eye) has been officially ruled out for Saturday's game against the Knicks.

The Hornets will have Jeremy Lamb start for the ninth game of his career with Marco Belinelli backing him up. Batum's corneal abrasion shouldn't keep him out long, so he has a chance to play Tuesday. The Hornets are going to have to use a ton of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward while Belinelli should get a ton of shots tonight, as well.
Nov 26 - 6:32 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (eye) is considered doubtful to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He is going to be a game-time decision due to his corneal abrasion. With Marvin Williams (knee) also out of the lineup, the Hornets will need plenty out of their other forwards and wings. If Batum is out, it'll be Jeremy Lamb starting because Clifford wants to keep Belinelli off the bench. Belinelli is still the preferred play tonight.
Nov 26 - 5:26 PM

Nicolas Batum (corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Knicks.

The injury to Batum wasn't noticeable in Friday night's loss to the Knicks. Batum played a game-high 45 minutes and just missed a triple-double (18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists). Nonetheless, being downgraded to questionable means there is at least a 50 percent chance he doesn't play on Saturday. Stay tuned for an official update. If Batum misses the game, Marco Belinelli would see a big increase in minutes. Belinelli is averaging 16.8 points 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 3-pointers off the bench over the Hornets last four games
Nov 26 - 1:22 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points during a 113-111 overtime loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes.

That's two solid games in a row with a 13-point game in 40 minutes on Wednesday. The Hornets will have to go smaller while Marvin Williams (knee) is on the shelf and they will also need Batum to take more 3-pointers -- he had seven attempts tonight. His owners will be hoping he can get over 40 percent from the field soon.
Nov 26 - 12:01 AM

Nicolas Batum hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) for eight points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in 34 minutes of Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Batum had 24 points, 10 boards and a fun stat line on Friday and simply had a bad night. Don't do anything crazy with him, as he'll bounce back in the next one.
Nov 21 - 11:02 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 24 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and four triples vs. the Hawks on Friday.

The points were a season high and this was his second double-double of the campaign. Batum shot 8-of-17 from the field and hit all four of his free throws in arguably the best game of his season. After a somewhat slow start, Batum is rolling again, scoring 15 or more points in his last four games with a combined 12 3-pointers in that span. Things are looking up for Mr. Batum.
Nov 18 - 9:41 PM

Nicolas Batum shooting woes continued on Sunday, but he still found a way to be effective producing 15 points, nine boards, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

Through the first nine games of the year, Batum is still searching for his shot, connecting on just 38.5 percent of his 11.6 attempts a night. However, Batum tends to be a second-half of the year kind of player, and his other numbers are there with 13.6 points, 6.6 boards, 5.0 dimes, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks per contest. Once his shot starts to drop, he'll easily be a top-50 guy.
Nov 13 - 6:27 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, one block and three triples in Friday's loss to Toronto.

He turned the ball over six times, but it was arguably his most complete game of the young season. He was 7-of-15 from the field in a season-high 39 minutes, but that was to be expected with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (back) out. Batum was coming off back-to-back single-digit scoring efforts, but he gets a brutal matchup vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday and he will likely guard LeBron James if MKG can't go.
Nov 11 - 10:21 PM