Nicolas Batum remains a very important part of the Portland Trail Blazers‘ future, whether or not the team wants to admit it.
It was a disappointing end of the season for both Batum and Portland when the Trail Blazers lost their final 13 NBA games. They appeared to be on their way to the playoffs. But then came the major crash.
No one saw it coming in midseason. It appear the Blazers were ready to charge into the playoffs, with Batum’s help. They still could.
Batum needs to stay away from injuries.
If he does, the Trail Blazers could be all set for next year. He averaged 14.3 points. 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Those are not numbers to sneeze at. His last game against the Utah Jazz, he was 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-4 in free throws for 19 points.
That game was indication right there that he needed to sit it out for the rest of the season and get ready for next year. The race for the playoffs was over in mid April and it was time for Batm to focus on a new season.
His points average was fourth best on the team. His 38.5 minutes per game ranked very high also. He started all 73 games for the team. The Blazers should have used him for the nine games they missed. His individual season stats from this year were above his career stats. Batum had a strong season for Portland. The Blazers need another one just like it, or better next year.