Player Profile - Nicolas Batum
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS BY THE NUMBERS
3 - Only the third Trail Blazer player ever to record 600-plus rebounds and 400-plus assists in a season (C. Drexler, 1988-89; S. Wicks, 1972-73)
15 - Notched 15 double-doubles, a career best for double-doubles in a season
82 - Played and started in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career
Starting small forward Nicolas Batum notched season averages of 13.0 points (46.5% FG, 36.1% 3-PT, 80.3% FT) and career highs with 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists, 0.91 steals, 0.70 blocks and 36.0 minutes in 82 games. He played and started in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career, scoring in double-digits 64 times and nabbing 15 double-doubles, both career highs.
Batum joined LeBron James (08-09, 12-13) as the only other player since the 2008-09 season with at least 600 rebounds, 400 assists and 100 3-pointers in a season. He recorded 20-plus points, nine-plus rebounds and five-plus assists in three straight games from March 14-18 and was the first Portland player to achieve the feat since Clyde Drexler (April 18-21, 1989). He became the first Trail Blazer ever to record back-to-back games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers. Through the season he led the team in scoring three times, rebounds 17 times and in assists in 32 games, scored 20-plus points on 11 occasions and notched two triple-doubles (Nov. 2 vs. San Antonio; Jan. 8 vs. Orlando), tied for the sixth most in the NBA.
The Frenchman increased his averages in the postseason putting up 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds while still averaging 4.8 assists. All of this while drawing the tough defensive assignments of Tony Parker and Chandler Parsons.