What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Pistons

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Nicolas Batum vs. Josh Smith

Last season, eight NBA players averaged at least 14 points, five rebounds and four assists – legitimate totals in three of the game’s most recognized offensive categories. Six of those players have been named NBA All-Stars during their careers and represent some of the game’s best active players: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Paul George, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Russell Westbrook. Not bad company for two great players in their own right – Portland’s Nicolas Batum and Detroit’s Josh Smith. For Batum, those averages last season all represented career highs. But what else is new? The Frenchman has increased his scoring and rebounding averages in each of his five seasons in Rip City. And days like Nov. 2, when he dropped a triple-double on San Antonio in the home opener, only bolster his totals for this season. Smith has been filling up box scores since 2004, only this year he brings his all-around game from Atlanta to Detroit. With the Hawks last season, the 6-9 forward became only the 11th player in NBA history to record a season with 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 130 blocked shots. Speaking of blocks, Smith already ranks 36th on the league’s all-time list with 1,450 rejections – at the age of 27.

Nicolas Batum

• Increased his scoring and rebounding averages in each of his first five seasons in the NBA
• Last season, became just the fourth NBA player to post 100 3-pointers, 350 assists and 80 blocks in a single season
• Became the sixth Trail Blazer to record at least three triple-doubles on Nov. 2 vs. San Antonio

Josh Smith

• Ranked in the NBA’s top 10 in blocked shots per game in six of the last eight seasons
• Last season, became just the 11th NBA player to post 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 130 blocks in a single season
• At just 27 years old, already ranks 36th on the NBA’s all-time career blocks leaderboard (1,450)