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For those of you that play fantasy basketball, you already know what Nicolas Batum is worth (went for $32 in my auction draft).
Batum has cemented his spot in the lineup with efficient numbers across the board, more than 13 points, six rebounds and five assists per game while also shooting .453/.365/.826. He gets fantasy owners points in most categories every night and helps the Trail Blazers in all facets of the game.
What doesn't show up on his efficient stat line is his off-ball movement. Stotts has plenty of plays that have Batum running through and setting picks, coming off screens and spotting up for jumpers.
Like I said, I trust him and Matthews the most as on-ball defenders. Having two decent wing defenders helps cancel out the otherwise below-average defense of Lillard and Aldridge, thereby inflating the value of both Matthews and Batum.
However, Batum, now in year five, has yet to make a significant leap. He has the ability to be an All-Star (or close to it), but his scoring numbers have remained largely stagnant for years. Consequently, he's been passed by Matthews as the team's third option.