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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
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Nicolas Batum (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn
Batum recently admitted that he's dealing with a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist, and his shot has been off all season (currently a career-low 38.8 percent from the field), so perhaps some rest could be a good thing for him. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so check back for another update closer to Monday's tip. If Batum is forced to sit, expect Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to get some more shots. Jan 25 - 5:28 PM

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Nicolas Batum admitted on Saturday that he suffered a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist on Dec. 17.

It was obvious something was structurally wrong with Batum and now we know what it is. He's aggravated it probably more times than we care to count and the Blazers may still be weighing his treatment options. At this point, he's likely going to miss a week or two. There really isn't a great pickup to make with Batum out.
Jan 25 - 12:51 AM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) won't play against the Wizards on Saturday.

He almost had no chance to play tonight due to his nagging wrist injury. It's interesting that LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is playing tonight and maybe Batum's status was a factor in his decision. The Blazers will use about five different guys to fill the void left by Batum, so there's little reason to make a pickup in most leagues.
Jan 24 - 8:20 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

There is still no word of Batum getting an MRI, but it would appear he's going to miss multiple games. He's been dealing with wrist soreness for over a month and he's been fairly open about how it's having an adverse effect on his shooting. The Blazers will have to use a combination of Dorell Wright, Victor Claver, and Allen Crabbe to play the three. However, Wes Matthews will certainly slide over to small forward, which could also get C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake some minutes. Also, the Blazers will have more minutes available for Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson. Yeah, this rotation is a mess. We know.
Jan 23 - 4:55 PM

Nicolas Batum was wearing a large brace on his right wrist following Thursday's game against the Celtics.

He could not play through the pain this time after aggravating an old injury. Batum has dealt with a right wrist injury for over the past month and he also dealt with it last season. He said he can't use his wrist right now and he's unsure how much time he's going to miss. In other words, it sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday. Expect to see more of C.J. McCollum, Steve Blake, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Will Barton and Victor Claver to get more minutes in what will appear to be a random selection from coach Terry Stotts.
Jan 23 - 1:05 AM

Nicolas Batum (right wrist) will not return to Thursday's game due to a wrist injury.

This nagging shooting wrist injury just will not go away. Batum has been complaining about his wrist injury for almost two months and the Blazers might give him an MRI to make sure he didn't aggravate anything structurally. With Batum out, Dorell Wright, who was the 11th man in the rotation tonight, will pick up some extra playing time. Batum did not score with three rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes tonight.
Jan 22 - 11:30 PM

Nicolas Batum finally broke out of his season-long slump on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots and six 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a block in 39 minutes.

Finally! This was easily Batum's best game of the season and it may not be a coincidence that LaMarcus Aldridge was out with a thumb injury. Hopefully this was the game that will get Batum's season jump started, and hopefully he will continue to look for his shot going forward. Additionally, this will save the Rotoworld staff from having to answer the "Can I drop Batum?" tweets that have started rolling in.
Jan 22 - 12:38 AM

Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-8 shots (including a late three) for eight points, four rebounds and four assists in the Blazers' 98-94 win over the Kings on Monday.

Batum said after the game that his right (shooting) wrist is hurting him and that he has been pushing the ball 'right' on his shot as a result. He added that he has taken hundreds of jumpers during practice to try and fix this, which doesn't seem logical if he needs the rest, but he also cited that the team needs him with Robin Lopez out -- which also doesn't make too much sense. What does make sense is that he wants to play through injury like many players, and the All Star break couldn't come sooner for him.
Jan 20 - 3:19 AM

Nicolas Batum struggled yet again on Saturday during a 102-98 loss in Memphis, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

Trying to defend Batum in fantasy has become very old here. In his last three games, he's managed to average just 4.0 points, 3.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 triples and 3.0 turnovers on 16.7 percent from the field. He also has a 13.4 usage rate and is being eliminated from the offense right now. Still, the non-scoring stats are there, so he should remain owned.
Jan 18 - 1:34 AM

Nicolas Batum scored five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Spurs on Friday.

He didn't have his wrist brace on for the first time since his injury, but that still didn't cure him. Batum has been one of the biggest letdowns in the entire league and something just isn't right. His numbers after the break last season were terrific, so hopefully he can do it again. His owners should just try to weather the storm.
Jan 17 - 12:37 AM

Nicolas Batum didn't look for his shot against the Clippers on Wednesday, missing all five attempts from the field with four points at the line, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He's just not himself. Coach Terry Stotts said Batum looked hesitant, and it's still unclear if he's not 100 percent due to his wrist issue. Batum had an encouraging game on Sunday and hopefully he can get back on track soon. He's not a must-start player, but certainly is a buy-low option.
Jan 15 - 1:37 AM

Nicolas Batum flirted with a triple-double on Sunday with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, helping Portland earn a 106-94 road win vs. the Lakers.

He didn't have any defensive stats and was conservative offensively, making 4-of-7 shots including one 3-pointer. Batum's pass-first mindset is a boon for the Blazers' motion offense but it's doing fantasy owners few favors this season -- his 9.3 points per game and usage rate of 14.9 percent are both the lowest since his rookie season in 2008-09. His lingering wrist injury may be part of the problem, and the good news is that he's still a reliable top-75 value.
Jan 11 - 11:57 PM

Nicolas Batum blocked four shots against the Magic on Saturday with seven points, four assists, 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer.

He was dealing with some pain in his wrist in the second half and was able to play through it. Batum was able to pull down a season-high in boards, but his scoring just hasn't been there this season at 9.4 points per game. He's a buy-low target, and we know we've been saying this for a while.
Jan 11 - 2:24 AM

Nicolas Batum made 3-of-10 from the field for eight points with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

Batum was actually on a hot streak from beyond the arc with 2.8 treys per game in his previous four, but his 0-of-4 tonight dropped him to just 26.1 percent from deep on the season. His usage rate is down to 14.7 thanks to going to the line just once per game while his numbers are down almost everywhere else too. While we can probably rule out a repeat performance from last season, he's still a buy-low guy.
Jan 9 - 1:34 AM

Nicolas Batum kept it going on Saturday during a 115-107 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, making 7-of-13 from the field for 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He has really picked it up since returning from a wrist injury four games ago, averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.5 triples on 55.0 percent from the field. Batum is really going to need to turn in some huge lines to redeem himself after a horrible start, but he's capable of doing so. The buy-low window is closing quickly.
Jan 4 - 1:42 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