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Nicolas Batum
Nicolas batum tournoi douai 2007 06 10.JPG
Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 88
Small Forward
Born December 14, 1988 (1988-12-14) (age 21)
Lisieux, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
League NBA
College None
Draft 25th overall, 2008
Houston Rockets
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Le Mans Sarthe Basket (2006–2008)
Awards 2006 Albert Schweitzer Tournament MVP
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Nicolas Batum (born December 14, 1988 in Lisieux[1]) is a French basketball player with the Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired his rights for the rights to Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey. Prior to the draft, Batum was considered one of the most talented young players in Europe.[2] He was voted the most valuable player in the U-18 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim 2006.

The 6 foot 8 inch (2.03 m) Batum[1] primarily plays the small forward position, although he is also capable of shifting to the shooting guard position.[3]

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Career

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French youth teams

Batum won the 2004 FIBA European Championship with the French national team.[1] The French team repeated as champion in the 2005 European Championship. Batum won the most valuable player award.[1]

Albert Schweitzer Tournament

Batum was named the most valuable player of the 2006 U18 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim.[1] He won the tournament with the French national team.

Batum's averaged 19 points, over 5 rebounds and over 2 steals per game over the seven game tournament.

French league

Nicolas Batum averaged 3.4 points (65.9% FG), 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assist per game in 13 minutes for the 2006–2007 French league season,[4] and 12.3 points (52.3%), 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 28 minutes for the 2007–2008 season.[5]

Nike Hoop Summit

He delivered an impressive performance[6] at the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit[7] scoring 23 points (9/13 FG, 3/5 for 3 pointers) in 28 minutes. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded four steals.

NBA career

After coming off the bench for the first three games of his NBA career, Batum moved into the starting lineup in the place of Travis Outlaw in Portland's fourth game of the 2008–09 season, a 103–96 loss to the Utah Jazz. On March 13, 2009, Batum recorded a season-high 20 points to go along with a clutch three-pointer with 29.9 seconds left, en route to a 109–100 victory over the New Jersey Nets.[8]

Batum missed the first 45 games of the 2009–10 season due to torn cartilage in his right shoulder. He played in his first game of the season on January 25, 2010.

Batum scored a career-high 31 points along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals on February 27, 2010, against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9]

Near the start of the 2009-10 season, Batum suffered a shoulder injury.[10]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 79 76 18.4 .446 .369 .808 2.8 .9 .6 .5 5.4
2009–10 Portland 22 10 22.7 .548 .439 .917 3.6 1.2 .6 .6 9.6
Career 101 86 19.3 .475 .389 .842 3.0 1.0 .6 .5 6.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 6 5 10.5 .556 .500 .000 .5 .2 .2 .3 2.0
Career 6 5 10.5 .556 .500 .000 .5 .2 .2 .3 2.0

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dragan Labović
FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP
2006
Succeeded by
Kosta Koufos

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