During the offseason, there was chatter all across Portland and all around the league about whether Nicolas Batum was worth a $40 million dollar contract. Well as of November 16th, he has quieted a lot of that chatter.
The big crack on Batum has always been inconsistency and shrinking in big games. So far this season, he has been spectacular, especially against Houston on Friday night.
After the dust settled from the overtime victory, Batum had an All-Star caliber stat-line. He racked up a new career high 35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 blocks and a steal.
Down the stretch, he made huge plays to help the Blazers win. In overtime, Batum made a huge block on James Harden that really turned up the volume in the Rose Garden.
I realize this is only one game and his consistency as a scorer can still be questioned but this season he has been filling up the stat sheet like very few do. He is such a factor in every aspect of the game. His defense on Harden and Chandler Parsons was ...