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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 200
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum played 10 minutes in the season finale on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, finishing scoreless with four assists, one rebound and one steal.
The Hornets had nothing to play for tonight, so coach Steve Clifford limited Batum's minutes. Prior to this dud, Batum had a productive season with averages of 15.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on the season, returning top-60 value in standard leagues. He's under contract for four more seasons and the Hornets don't have the cap space to bring in any significant free agents, so the 28-year-old wing will be looking at a similar role next season. Apr 11 - 9:59 PM

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Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams will play "fewer" minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Clifford wants to get an extended look at some of the younger guys on the roster, so Jeremy Lamb could see a decent amount of minutes off the bench, and Treveon Graham should be in the rotation again. Frank Kaminksky could see his minutes in the 30s tonight, and he's probably the most attractive target out of anyone in this group. Batum and Williams are a bit risky in DFS with the minutes limit.

Nicolas Batum scored 11 points with eight assists, five rebounds, four steals, one block and one triple in 30 minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday.

He ran the offense a little more tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) done for the season, finishing 5-of-12 from the field and 0-of-2 from the line. The Hornets travel to Atlanta for the second night of a back-to-back set for their season finale on Tuesday, but with nothing to play for, it's not crazy to think that Batum could be rested.
Apr 10 - 11:13 PM

Nicolas Batum will not play for France during Eurobasket this summer.

Batum was visibly frustrated after Charlotte's loss on Saturday which eliminated them from playoff contention, so he said he plans on being back in the gym in two weeks. "I’m going to dedicate my summer to this franchise [Hornets]," he said. "I won’t play this summer with the French team." The Hornets do have two more games this season, but it's not clear if they will rest their studs or give their younger guys a look.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 9 - 9:46 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 31 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hornets were eliminated from the postseason after their loss to Boston on Saturday.

The 31 points matched a season-high for Batum, as he hit 11-of-23 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line with eight rebounds, three assists and four triples in 41 minutes. The Hornets have nothing to play for expect lottery balls in the final two games of the season, so they may take it easy on guys like Batum and Kemba Walker. It also doesn't help that their final two games are a back-to-back set on the road.
Apr 8 - 9:38 PM

Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 24 points in a futile effort on Wednesday, going 6-of-13 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line with seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

Marco Belinelli didn't return after straining his left index finger tonight, and Batum's offense will be even more critical if Belinelli is forced to miss any time. He hasn't scored this many points since late February, however, and the free throws tonight were his second-highest of the season, so owners shouldn't expect a repeat performance vs. Boston on Saturday.
Apr 5 - 10:01 PM

Nicolas Batum shot 6-of-10 from the field on Tuesday for 13 points with eight assists, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he also committed a team-high four turnovers.

Batum has shot better than 50 percent from the field just 12 times this season, including tonight. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starters had some "ridiculous turnovers" to begin the third quarter, yet Charlotte only had one turnover in the first eight minutes of that quarter -- on a bad pass from Batum. He stayed in the game and this shouldn't have any lasting repercussions.
Apr 5 - 12:11 AM

Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 118-108 loss to the Bucks.

Marvin Williams hit 1-of-5 shots for six points and seven boards, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller also struggled in the loss. Kemba Walker came through with a nice game, but it was bench players Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb that brought the Hornets back to at least make it a game. Batum spent a lot of time matched up against defensive-wiz Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it showed in his stat line tonight.
Mar 28 - 9:38 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points with six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He was just 6-of-15 from the field and the missed shots continue to be a problem these days. In his previous games since the break, Batum made just 28.1 percent from deep on 3.4 attempts, which has pulled him down to a woeful 38.5 percent from the field. He's still doing plenty in the other departments and did record his team-high 15th double-double this season. Batum should hold his mid-round value the rest of the way.
Mar 26 - 4:24 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field with five turnovers.

Batum may have tweaked his ankle during the game, but he didn't miss any time and we're leaving him off the injury report. The Hornets desperately need him to produce down the stretch, as they're still three games out of the No. 8 seed. They're trending up at the right moment, at least, having won three straight games after sweeping the season series vs. Orlando tonight.
Mar 22 - 9:42 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting vs. the Hawks on Monday.

This was his second game back after a two-game absence due to a migraine headache, but he looked much sharper this time around. Batum logged 31 minutes and dished out six assists with one rebound, one steal and one triple, and his workload should be safe as long as a playoff spot is within reach -- they are currently 3.0 games behind the Pistons (No. 8) and Heat (No. 9).
Mar 20 - 10:06 PM

Nicolas Batum scored eight points with 10 rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He and Kemba Walker were very quiet to start this game and Batum did show some rust tonight. Batum missed the last two games due to a migraine issue, which was his first noteworthy bout with that ailment during an NBA season. His fantasy owners can go back to plugging him in as a must-start player.
Mar 18 - 10:32 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum (migraine) will play Saturday vs. the Wizards.

Batum had missed two games dealing with painful migraines. However, he had a CT scan of his brain on Wednesday which came back negative and apparently Batum will be able to suit up Saturday night. This is unexpectedly good news for Batum owners, as it was unknown when Batum would be cleared to return. At this point, there has not been an indication of whether or not Batum will have any minutes restriction on Saturday. Jeremy Lamb will get bumped back to the bench.
Mar 18 - 11:09 AM

Results from the CT scan on the brain of Nicolas Batum came back negative.

It's good news for Batum, who has now missed the last two games. He's dealt with some severe headaches and it's possible he misses more time. His fantasy owners will have to figure out if they can afford to wait on him with his unclear return date. Jeremy Lamb should have nice short-term value while basically the entire rotation also gets a bump.
Mar 15 - 8:01 PM

Nicolas Batum is reportedly undergoing a CT scan on his brain.

Batum is dealing with painful migraines, and will not be able to play Wednesday, which will be his second straight game on the sidelines. Jeremy Lamb will likely be earning another start tonight, with Kemba Walker being tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Hopefully, the CT scan doesn't reveal anything serious, but we'll provide an update as soon as that information is made public.
Mar 15 - 12:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Briante Weber
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Johnny O'Bryant
C1Dwight Howard
2Cody Zeller