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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
Contract: view contract details

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Hornets new head coach James Borrego is likely to implement a motion offense with Charlotte similar to what the Spurs ran when Borrego was an assistant in San Antonio.
This new offense could give Batum more open looks and more freedom to create plays and shots for himself both with and without the ball. Batum saw a dip in production in 2017-18, averaging fewer points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes per game compared to 2016-17. May 10 - 10:53 AM

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Nicolas Batum scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 22 minutes.

It’s admirable that Batum has been fighting through the pain and getting out there despite dealing with a sore Achilles, but he hasn’t really rounded into form since getting back out there, owning averages of just 8.1 points, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 turnovers and not much else over the past seven games. Jeremy Lamb finished with 12 points, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench.
Apr 8 - 4:01 PM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) played 28 minutes vs. Chicago on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with five assists and four rebounds.

Batum shot 2-of-9 from the field but was 6-of-7 from the stripe, and he committed just one turnover. He was supposed to be limited to around 20 minutes per game, and it's anyone's guess why he's risking further injury to a nagging Achilles injury -- the Hornets were eliminated from the playoff race over the weekend. If you're relying on him, you'll have to double-check his status prior to each game.
Apr 3 - 11:17 PM

Nicolas Batum (left Achilles soreness) will start Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls, but will be limited to approximately 20 minutes.

Batum was initially ruled out earlier this morning, then upgraded to questionable, and we now learn he will start vs. Chicago. However, he should be avoided in DFS, due to his minute's restriction. With Batum limited to 20 minutes, Jeremy Lamb will see an uptick in playing time off the bench.
Apr 3 - 7:20 PM

Nicolas Batum (left Achilles soreness) went through shootaround and has been upgraded to questionable. He will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest vs. Chicago.

Batum was initially ruled out Tuesday morning, prior to shootaround. However, he is feeling better and apparently was able to participate. The Hornets-Bulls game tips off at 8:00 pm EST, so we will get an update on Batum's status at approximately 6:30 pm, when coach Steve Clifford addresses the media. If Batum is unable to play, Jeremy Lamb (foot), who is listed as probable, will likely draw the start in place of Batum.
Apr 3 - 12:12 PM

Nicolas Batum (left Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Chicago.

Batum missed four consecutive games in mid-March due to chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles. It appears the injury has flared back up. Jeremy Lamb (foot) is listed as probable for this contest and will likely slide into the starting lineup. Lamb has started 18 games for the Hornets this season and is averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 30.6 minutes. He will be a chalky DFS play on Tuesday, as well as an attractive streamer add off the waiver wire.
Apr 3 - 10:48 AM

Nicolas Batum struggled in Sunday's blowout loss to the 76ers, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting to go with four boards, three assists, one block and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

Batum has yet to crack double-figures in the scoring department since getting back from the Achilles issue, posting meager averages of 7.3 points, 4.8 assists and not much else on 38.5% shooting over the past four games. He has enough upside to warrant ownership in most leagues, but he's hitting a rough patch at the worst possible time in fantasy hoops.
Apr 1 - 4:05 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with six points, five assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes, making 2-of-5 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs.

Batum returned from a four-game absence on Monday and the Hornets kept him on a minute-limit tonight. That should continue to increase in coming games, but Charlotte isn't about to risk a major injury with only six games remaining and no realistic chance to make the playoffs. Even if his minutes hover in the 26-30 range, that's enough for him to hold value in all leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:57 PM

Nicolas Batum will remain on a minutes limit for Wednesday's matchup with the Cavs, but he will play "a little more" than the 24 minutes he played on Monday night.

Batum's minutes should gradually increase over the week, although there's a chance he sits out either Saturday or Sunday's game with that being a back-to-back. Still, he's capable of churning out value when earning minutes in the mid-20s, so owners can feel free to get him active.
Mar 28 - 5:30 PM

Nicolas Batum played 24 minutes and hit 3-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in Monday's overtime win against the Knicks.

It looked like Batum might be done for the year when he went down with an Achilles injury, but even with the Hornets all but eliminated from the playoffs, he was out there tonight, putting up marginal numbers on a minutes limit and buzzkilling those of you who picked up Jeremy Lamb. Lamb still had a 12-6-6 line and played 28 minutes, so it could have been worse. As for Batum, he has three more games this week, but you have to wonder if he'll play on both Saturday and Sunday.
Mar 26 - 9:55 PM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Knicks, but he'll have a minutes limit.

Steve Clifford said he'll keep Batum's minutes in the 22-26 range for Monday's game, but that's still plenty of time for him to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. If he was recently cut in your league, don't hesitate to grab him, as the Hornets have four games this week and Batum's minutes limit should gradually increase with each game. With Batum back in action, Jeremy Lamb will return to the bench and his value will take a hit.
Mar 26 - 5:29 PM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) went through shootaround and will be a game-time call on Monday vs. the Knicks.

He was recently upgraded to questionable on the injury report and will be a game-time call tonight. Coach Steve Clifford said Batum will "try" to play, but the Hornets will make a final decision on his status after warmups. Batum will start if he's cleared, but may have restrictions. Jeremy Lamb's owners should sit tight for now, and keep in mind that Lamb is still useful in a bench role.
Source: Hornets PR
Mar 26 - 10:57 AM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

This a mild surprise and the questionable tag means he could be day-to-day. Batum was listed as doubtful on previous injury reports, so hopefully he's nearing a return. The Hornets don't have a realistic shot of making the playoffs, so we'd expect them to be cautious. If Batum sits again, Jeremy Lamb is the obvious beneficiary and belongs in fantasy lineups.
Mar 26 - 10:47 AM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) is out for Saturday against the Mavs.

He's probably out for the season and it'll be Jeremy Lamb getting the starts for the foreseeable future.
Mar 24 - 7:02 PM

Nicolas Batum (Achilles) remains out for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

He's expected to miss about a week from his Achilles soreness and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him out until April. Jeremy Lamb will likely get another start and he should be productive against a weaker Grizzlies team. Lamb should be owned in most leagues while Dwayne Bacon is more of a DFS tourney punt.
Mar 22 - 5:25 PM

Depth Charts

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PG1Kemba Walker
2Devonte' Graham
3Michael Carter-Williams
4Julyan Stone
5Marcus Paige
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Miles Bridges
4Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
C1Cody Zeller
2Willy Hernangomez
3Timofey Mozgov
4Mangok Mathiang