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Other than point guard, small forward is probably the most important position in the league to play right now. Some of the top players in the league such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony primarily play this position (although they do spend time at both forward spots).
Nicolas Batum is as versatile as any player in the league. He can shoot, pass, get to the rim, rebound, register steals, block shots and defend multiple positions.
Batum is the living model of the prototypical small forward in the league today. At 6'8" 200 pounds with long arms and high mobility, he presents mismatches on both ends of the floor.
He stuffs the stat sheet on a nightly basis, recording averages of 16.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks. Earlier in the season, he recorded the first 5x5 since 2006, which demonstrated his versatility at its finest.
He's not the type of player that a team would build their franchise around, but he is the player that every team needs to push themselves to the next level.