Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum (CHA) “Nico” ad

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CHA 2 Shooting Guard/Small Forward: 6’8, 200 lbs; 10th year, France 

NBA Role: versatile, all-around forward • Hybrid

Nic Batum: the case of a player with All-Star talent who hasn’t quite gotten over the hump; very-well rounded: extremely gifted distributor& strong defender, with a good outside touch; some nights, Batum is tough to stop, utilizing a wiry, 6’8 frame as an advantage to score, distribute & defend at elite levels  • other nights, he looks a bit disengaged, defers instead of staying aggressive; smooth play style: Nic makes it look easy when he’s in full control; experiencing his best years in Charlotte – Steve Clifford has given Batum freedom in his optimal role as point forward – upped his scoring and assists average in ’16-’17, perfect fit as a secondary ball-handler & playmaker next to Kemba Walker; only 28 – can Nic blossom into an All-Star within the next couple of seasons?

*Makes tough dimes look commonplace

Signature Shot: 3 off a screen

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 79


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Career: 12.1 points/game, 5.3 rebounds/game, 44% FG

Avg. career-high 15.1 points/game (2016-17)

Selected 25th overall by HOU in 2008

More on “Nico”

“Featured Lights”

  • “Revenge Game”Nico puts on a show against his former team (via FreeDawkins; Nov. 2015):