Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
31-Year-Old ForwardF
Charlotte Hornets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Batum is coming off the lowest-usage season of his career (13.2%), compiling four-year lows in points (9.9) and assists (3.3) per game. That said, he had the third-most efficient season of his career (58.1 true shooting percentage) and still saw 30-plus minutes for the ninth straight campaign. Heading into his age 31 season, Batum's declining usage would imply that he's no longer a significant offensive threat. However, with Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb (the Hornets' two leading scorers last season) moving on, Batum may have to help pick up some slack, as it's up for debate if he's now the best player on Charlotte. A best-case scenario would see him produce similar numbers to his first two seasons with the Hornets, where he averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.0 steals. The range of outcomes on Batum's 2019-20 campaign seem high considering his age and Charlotte's poor roster construction, but he's unquestionably worth a late-round flier in the majority of fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2016. Contract includes $27.13 million player option for 2020-21.
College/International Summary

Unlike many European players, Batum did not spend many years making his way through various leagues before heading to the NBA. The 6-foot-8 Frenchman spent just two seasons playing for Le Mans Sarthe and was just 20 years of age when he made his way to the USA. In his first season for Le Mans, he came off the bench for 13.0 minutes and provided 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Batum had a greater impact in his second season when he provided 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. The wing has had impressive performances in international competition. He was the most valuable player in the Under-18 Albert Schweitzer Tournament to help France prevail in the competition. He also opened some eyes in the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit when he provided 23 points, four rebounds and four steals. After finishing the 2008 season in France, Batum made himself available for the 2008 draft.

Non-factor in rotation
FCharlotte Hornets
March 5, 2020
Batum hasn't appeared in game for the Hornets since Jan. 24, sitting out each of the last 15 games as the result of either an illness or a coach's decision.
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The illness kept Batum out for two games in early February, but his string of absences from the rotation both before and after that time suggest that he wouldn't have gotten off the bench for those contests anyway. The Frenchman has been a massive disappointment for the Hornets since inking a five-year, $120 million contract extension back in the summer of 2016, and though he had been a mainstay in the rotation prior to this season, the organization seems to be writing him off as a sunk cost at this point. He'll likely continue to rack up the DNP-CDs through next season, as Batum is a virtual lock to exercise his $27 million player option for 2020-21.
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2017

Batum started 64 games for the Charlotte Hornets in 2017-2018. He averaged 11.6 points per game, finishing in double-figures for the third straight year and eighth time over his NBA career. Batum shot 41.5 percent from the field, including 33.6 percent from three-point range. He poured in a season-high 31 points against Indiana on Feb. 2. In that contest, Batum would hit a season-best seven threes. Batum also managed marks of 4.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He'd go on to register two triple-doubles on the season. On Mar. 15 at Atlanta, his triple-double included a career-high 16 assists. Batum's performed exceptionally well during February. In that month, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists. Batum would finish the season fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding and second in assists.

2018

Nicolas Batum's fourth season in Charlotte saw the Frenchman produce another reliable campaign for the Hornets. He played more than 30 minutes per contest (31.4) for a ninth consecutive season. He also posted the third-most efficient season (58.1 true shooting percentage) of his long career. As has been the case for his entire 11-year NBA run, Batum continues to impact the game in a variety of different ways. He averaged more than five rebounds (5.2) for the sixth time in the past seven years, highlighted by a pair of 10-rebound games against Philadelphia in October and Memphis in February. Batum contributed five or more assists on 19 separate occasions. Batum also remained an effective three-point specialist. He has shot at least 32.4 percent from deep in each of his 11 NBA seasons, and his 38.9 percent clip in 2018-19 was his highest in the past seven years. Defensively, Batum averaged 1.5 steals-plus-blocks per contest. Toss in the fact Batum remains one of the league's premier free-throw shooters (86.5 percent last season) and it's easy to see why Charlotte appreciates Batum's versatility. Batum's Hornets finished 39-43 and just missed the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • June 26, 2008
    Traded by the Houston Rockets to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey
  • July 7, 2008
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • June 24, 2015
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets for Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a five-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets
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An early-season elbow injury and late-season Achilles injury limited the veteran to 64 games during his 10th season. While he was still able to provide all-around production -- 11.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 threes, 1.0 steals -- each of those categories, except for steals, represented his lowest marks since joining the Hornets in 2015-16. Optimistic Fantasy owners could chalk up the down year to injuries and the presence of Dwight Howard. Pessimists could point to the fact that Batum is turning 30 and hasn't shot better than 42.6 percent from the field since 2013-14 -- what are the odds he’s getting better? Regardless, Howard’s departure without significant replacement should vault Batum’s usage up to the levels we saw during previous campaigns with Charlotte, where he posted 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.9 threes and 1.0 steals per tilt.
Batum has quietly been one of the best all-around wings in the league over recent seasons, as he continues to stuff the stat sheet at ease. Batum is averaging 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks in his two seasons with the Hornets. His consistency is incredible too, as all those averages are within 0.2 of one another in that two-year span. In addition, this is a guy who rarely misses games, as he has played at least 70 games in five straight seasons, while averaging at least 34.0 minutes per contest in each individual year. Despite being a solid two-way player, Batum has some room for improvement with his three-point shot. He's a career 35.7 percent shooter from distance, so after shooting just 33.3 percent in 2016-17, Batum should be in line for a bounce-back effort. While Batum is unlikely to make an All-Star team in his current role, he's quietly one of the most valuable players to his team and is usually a solid mid-round guy in Fantasy drafts with his ability to fill up multiple categories across the stat sheet.
Coming off of an uncharacteristically poor 2014-15 campaign in Portland, Batum returned to form last season, averaging career highs in scoring (14.9 points per game) and assists (5.8), to go with 6.1 rebounds per game. The 27-year-old is among the NBA's most diverse two-way threats and joined Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Draymond Green as the only players to record at least 1,000 points, 400 assists, 400 rebounds and 100 made treys last season. Entering 2016-17, Batum's role is expected to remain fairly constant, though the return of a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will push Batum back to shooting guard after spending much of last season at small forward. That could result in a slight dip in rebounding, but should also enable Batum to relax a bit more defensively, given Kidd-Gilchrist's standing as an elite all-around defenders. A career 44.2 percent shooter from the field, Batum has room to improve after converting only 40 percent of his attempts in 2014-15 and 42.6 percent last season. The same goes for his three-point efficiency, which dipped to 32.4 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively, over the past two seasons.
In his seventh season, Batum averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 34 minutes per game through 71 regular season contests with the Blazers. Struggling with an array of ailments, including knee contusions, a torn ligament in his shooting wrist, and lower back pain, the French forward sank only 40 percent from the field, 32 percent from downtown, and 86 percent from the free-throw line. While Batum still produced in multiple categories and his free-throw percentage reached a career-high in 2014-15, his field goal and three-point percentages were both career-lows. As far as his shooting woes went, things didn't get much better in the postseason, where he posted 14.2 points on 34 percent from the field, 8.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 42 minutes per game through five games versus the Grizzlies. With the Blazers opting for youth in the post-LaMarcus Aldridge era, the team shipped Batum to the Hornets, where he figures to slide into the lineup alongside the team's assumed starting trio of Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Al Jefferson. Entering the final year of his contract, Batum turns 27 in December. If he is able to stay healthy and mesh well with his new teammates, he could be a decent bounce-back candidate in 2015-16.
Supplying a career-best 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 2013-14, Nicolas Batum's other primary counting stats nonetheless suffered. On offense, his output (13.0 points on 1.8 treys per contest) marked lows among the last three seasons, which may have been spurred by an avulsion fracture to his left middle finger that he suffered in early January and which required the use of a splint for the rest of the season. On the other end of the court, the 6-8, 200 pound Frenchman failed to average at least one steal and one block, a benchmark he'd accomplished the previous two seasons, instead tallying 0.9 swipes and 0.7 swats per game. However, in addition to the aforementioned fractured finger, Batum gutted out various maladies to log the first full 82-game schedule of his six-year career. With an all-encompassing game already at his disposal, the righty stated a desire to develop his left hand and hone his post game during the offseason. After netting 75 percent of his shots at the the rim last season, an expansion of his offense down low would do wonders for a Blazers team that ranked third in points per 100 possessions with 112, as well as relieve the burden placed upon dynamic duo LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
All signs pointed to a breakout season from Batum last year, and he delivered the goods, thanks to an 8.1 jump in minutes per game, settling in among the league leaders at 38.5 mpg. He has the look of a poor man's Kevin Durant, with shooting percentages of .423/.372/.848 last season that led to 14.3 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game. He will be a popular pick in drafts not just because of his sweet stroke, but his defensive counting stats that are aided by his ridiculous wingspan. Last season he averaged 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, and with a jump from 1.4 assists per game in 2011-12 to 4.9 apg in 2012-13, Batum established himself as a true eight-category contributor. The one worry here is that The Trail Blazers made some nice moves in the offseason to improve their abysmal bench from last season. Continued improvement from Victor Claver and the addition of Dorell Wright will likely mean that Batum won't see quite as many minutes in 2013-14.
Batum, who was a restricted free agent this summer, will be back with the Blazers to try and improve upon his solid campaign from a year ago. He is something of a poor man’s Kevin Durant, with his lanky frame, smooth jumper and impressive shooting percentages. He averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game last season– all career highs. His real value comes from his efficiency. He shot 45 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three, and 84 percent from the line last year. Batum will be 24 this season and could improve, making him a high-upside pick on draft day.
Batum was a big sleeper candidate going into last season, and he rewarded his owners by posting career-high averages in nearly every category. He played the majority of the season as the Trail Blazers’ starting small forward, averaging 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.1 turnovers in 33 minutes of action over 67 games as a starter. Nonetheless, Batum will probably be moved back into a bench role to start the season, due to the Blazers’ acquisition of Gerald Wallace at last year’s trade deadline. (Wallace was forced to the four last year with Marcus Camby and Greg Oden out, and LaMarcus Aldridge moving to center). The Blazers traded Rudy Fernandez to the Mavericks on draft day, opening up a few minutes off the bench, but Batum probably won’t match last year’s numbers without a significant injury to a starter. If Brandon Roy and Wes Matthews get healthy, Batum could get squeezed even further.
An essential ingredient in constructing a successful fantasy team – just as with constructing a successful actual team – is in paying not for what a player has done, but for what he's likely to do. Will Joe Johnson be one of the best players in the NBA during his age-34 season? Probably not, but that's how the Atlanta Hawks will be compensating him – and as a result, they're likely to have problems in the 2015-16 season. Sometimes it's easy to pay a player what he's worth: LeBron James will likely be worth the money for awhile. Other times, it's necessary to be aggressive in the present for a future payoff. Owners in this last frame of mind would do well to consider Nicolas Batum. The young (he turns 22 in December) Frenchman offers a broad base of skills, including three-point shooting (40.9% last year on 3.6 attempts per game), steals, and blocks (0.7 per game of each while averaging only 25 minutes). There are two concerns for Batum this year: getting into games and, once he's there, staying in them. Batum missed 45 games last season, most of them coming as he recovered from surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Reports at press time suggest the shoulder is no longer an issue. As for the question of playing time, the Blazers last season had a logjam at the three, giving minutes to Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez, and Batum himself. For various reasons, none of those first three players will be in Portland this season, making Batum a good bet to log consistent run should he remain healthy.
The 20-year-old Frenchman was a surprise starter for the Blazers last year. While he only played 18 minutes per game, Batum provided the starting unit with solid defensive play and the ability to hit an occasional three. As his scoring average would indicate (5.8 ppg), Batum doesn't figure into the offensive game plan much, but he should see more shot attempts as his long-range game improves.
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Available Wednesday
FCharlotte Hornets
February 11, 2020
Batum (illness) will suit up for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Out Monday with illness
FCharlotte Hornets
Illness
February 9, 2020
Batum (illness) is officially listed as out for Monday's game against the Pistons.
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Out with illness
FCharlotte Hornets
Illness
February 8, 2020
Batum will miss Friday's game against Dallas due to illness.
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Ousted from rotation
FCharlotte Hornets
February 4, 2020
Batum (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Monday's 112-100 loss to the Magic.
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Back in bench role
FCharlotte Hornets
January 28, 2020
Batum is coming off the bench Tuesday against the Knicks.
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