Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/20/13
No regrets here The Portland Trail Blazers had a big decision to make this past summer surrounding small forward Nicolas Batum. The Minnesota Timberwolves made him a four-year, $45 million offer, and Portland had to choose whether they wanted to risk overspending, or risk losing a great player by letting him walk. The Blazers chose to take a chance and spend the money, and Nicolas Batum is proving to be worth every cent at this point in the season. Before and After The easiest way to evaluate any given player is by looking at the numbers. Last season, Batum averaged a lackluster 13.9 points per game. He was not a consistent starter at the time, but even playing as the starting small forward, he only boosted that number up to 14.4. This season, the forward is averaging an impressive 17.1 points per contest. He has bumped himself up to third on the team in scoring, and he is a reliable shooter from almost anywhere on the floor. But a player’s success is decided by more than just scori...
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