Since being selected in the first round, 25th overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2008 NBA Draft, Nicolas Batum has gone ahead to enjoy an exponential rise in his career. Though injuries often came to mar his productivity, the small forward and shooting guard emerged stronger each time. Here are facts need to know about Nicolas Batum’s career and personal life.
Who is Nicolas Batum of NBA?
Nicolas Batum is a French professional National Basketball Association player (NBA) player who plays for the Charlotte Hornets. He was born on December 14, 1988, in Lisieux, France. He started his basketball career by playing as a center while growing up in Normandy, France.
His father, Richard Batum, who he shared with a younger sister Pauline, also played professional basketball in France. Sadly, Richard Batum passed away during the course of a game in 1991.
Nicholas was a member of the junior national team of France that emerged winners of the FIBA Europe Under 16 Championship in 2004. Two years later, he became MVP of the FIBA Under 18 Championship when the tournament was won by the French national team.
He was regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in Europe. Upon entering the NBA Draft of 2008, DraftExpress.com ranked him seventeenth best of the international players born in the year 1988. Before joining the NBA, Nicolas Batum played for Le mans Sarthe in France and during 2006-2007 French league season, he averaged 3.4 points, 0.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Houston Rockets traded Batum to the Portland Trail Blazers for rights to Joey Dorsey and Darrell Arthur after his selection as the first round, the 25th pick of the NBA draft in 2008. The 2008-2009 season saw Batum record 20 points that aided the 109 to 100 win against New Jersey Nets.
Batum’s first game of the 2009-2010 season didn’t come until January 25, 2010, due to a cartilage injury on his right shoulder that led him to miss 45 games. However, Bantum developed rapidly and the first time he scored above 30 points was during the game against Minnesota Timberwolves on February 27, 2010.
Portland Trail Blazers traded Batum to Charlotte Hornets in June 2015 for Gerald Henderson Jr. and Noah Vonleh. In November 2015 Batum was named Eastern Conference player of the week for the time after he led the Charlotte Hornets to a 3-1 record.
In 2011, he signed a contract with Stade Lorrain Universite Club Nancy Basket (SLUC Nancy Basket).
The 2017-2018 season marked a down year for Nicolas Batum. This has been attributed chiefly to injuries sustained during the season. It began with an Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) tear in his left elbow that was sustained in the preseason. He later said in an interview that the injury bothered him through his first 40 or 50 games.
Soreness in his left achilles also affected his season performance. For the first time in nine years, he did not play for the French National team due to his bad physical shape. He had not missed a Summer Olympic with the team eight years prior to that. After an MRI examination in March 2018, he was diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in his left achilles.
This was followed by a few missed games and a number of 20 minute game times for him. Some of Batum’s 2017-2018 season averages are 15.1 points, 5.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds.
Earlier injuries include Batum’s first season with the Hornets which was marred by an ankle injury during the team’s first-round playoff series in April 2015.
Salary and Net Worth
Portland Trail Blazers entered into a $46 million/4-year contract with Batum. This happened after he had signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the same value in 2012. He went with the Trail Blazers’ matching offer in July 2012.
Batum earned a $20 million over the 2016-2017 season and $22.4 million over the 2017-2018 season. Before the 2016 season, Batum signed a five-year, $120 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets and is billed to earn $24 million over the over the 2018-2019 season.
Nicolas Batum has an estimated net worth of $28 million. He bought a six-bedroom Cornelius North Carolina mansion in August 2016. He is said to have paid $3.7 million for the 1.3 acres waterfront property.
Nicolas Batum is 6 ft 8 inches (2.03 m) tall and weighs 200 pounds (91 kg). He is known as a defensive player with the ability to guard multiple positions.