Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Batum looks like budding star Despite his most recent slump, Nicolas Batum started 2012 like he was finally turning a corner in his career. Portland fans will remember Batum as the savvy frenchman who spent his summer talking about how badly he wanted to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s why Batum signed a $46 million offer sheet from the T-Wolves and implored Portland to let him go. Unfortunate for Batum, Paul Allen is never one to let a potentially high-upside investment get away (see Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez, Greg Oden, etc.). For the first time in a long time, it looks like Allen’s investment could pay off. So far in the 2012/13 seasons, Batum is averaging career highs in every per game stat (17.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.6 steals). His 45.3 shooting percentage is just under his career mark of 46 percent. One of the key moments on his season was the game against San Antonio. Portland was fighting a gritty battle, but found themselves in a...
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