Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 19 Days

Batum intends to reach the free throw line more often in the upcoming campaign, The Columbian reports. "That's one aspect of my game I want to improve more this year," he said. "Being on the line more, being more aggressive."

While leading France to the bronze medal during this summer's FIBA World Cup, Batum found himself at the stripe 3.7 times per game, which is a 48 percent increase from last season's mark (2.5 freebies attempted, on average). In order to experience a noticeable bump in scoring, he'll have to draw significantly more fouls, which may not be possible considering how much Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge dominate the ball. However, Batum ranked second on the Blazers in assists in 2013-14, meaning a number of possessions were completed shortly after his dishes. If he makes a concerted effort to boost his free throw chances, a subsequent drop in dimes could be a consequence.

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Batum speculated that he received one day off between France's win in the third-place game at this summer's FIBA World Cup and the start of training camp with the Blazers, The Oregonian reports.

Batum concluded the tournament with a flourish, supplying a game-high 27 points during the come-from-behind triumph over Lithuania on Sept. 13. In nine games across group play and the single-elimination portion of the tourney, he averaged 14.6 points (on 49 percent shooting), 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 29.1 minutes. Despite the tidy sample size, the line isn't up to the par of the past few season with the Blazers, with whom he emerged as a do-everything threat. Perhaps his grueling summer schedule aided in the development, as well as the 40-minute games in international basketball, but he doesn't expect coach Terry Stotts to treat him with kid gloves in preparation for his seventh NBA campaign, when Batum will be looking to build upon career highs in rebounds (7.5) and assists (5.1).

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Nicolas Batum said he'll focus on being on the track and hitting the weight room this offseason.

He's already said he wants to work on his post-up game, so some added muscle will definitely help him there. Batum led the NBA in total miles run on the court last season and is clearly one of the most fit players in the NBA. His game translates to fantasy extremely well and he should be off the board in the first two rounds of standard leagues.

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Nicolas Batum is focused on improving his post play this offseason.

Batum said that his offseason workouts have been focused on developing his post game and that he considers it part of taking the next step as a player. Batum finished the 2013-14 season with averages of 13.0 points, 1.8 3-pointers, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks and continued to be one of the best all-around fantasy players to own. He won't win any single category for his owners, but he's able to contribute a little bit everywhere and the addition of a post game to his repertoire would go a long way towards solidifying his status as a top fantasy player.

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Nicolas Batum announced on Thursday he will play for Team France this summer in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"It is with pleasure that I confirm my participation at the World Cup in Spain this summer," Batum announced on his official Facebook page. Although he has been playing internationally with Team France for years, there were reports he was contemplating whether to sit out the FIBA World Cup this summer. Batum played in all 82 games this season and ranked sixth in the league in total minutes played with 2,956.

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Nicolas Batum was effective in slowing down Tony Parker during Game 4's win over the Spurs on Monday.

Blazers' coach Terry Stotts decided to open the game with Batum on Parker and his decision paid dividends. Parker averaged 26.0 points and 8.3 assists during the first three games of the series, but was held to just 14 points and one assist on Monday night. "I think tonight, putting me on Tony made me more aggressive," Batum said. "I know him. I'm not saying I can stop him, but I know Tony, I have played with him a lot, I have watched him for so long." Lack of aggressiveness have been one the bigger knocks on Batum during his career and Monday night's performance could serve as a stepping stone for him to take his game to another level.

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Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 21 points during Game 2's 114-97 loss at San Antonio, adding nine boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-13 shooting.

He did turn the ball over five times and Kawhi Leonard made him look bad on the other end. The Blazers continue to run a very fast pace, but their efficiency has been way off. They only had 15 assists tonight on their 40 field goals, which is not going to get it done vs. the Spurs. Damian Lillard was a bit better tonight, scoring 19 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

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Nicolas Batum finished Game 4 with 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers in 45 minutes, helping the Blazers escape with a win in OT.

LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled with 29 & 10, Wesley Matthews chipped in 21 points, and Damian Lillard had 23 points and eight assists to help Portland earn a 3-1 lead in their first-round matchup. Not to be overlooked, fellow starter Robin Lopez had six points and 11 rebounds while battling tooth and nail against Dwight Howard for 32 minutes, and he left to an ovation after fouling out in the fourth quarter.

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Nicolas Batum, who scored a career playoff-high 26 points on Friday, came up limping late in the game due to a big toe injury.

The spry small forward didn't miss any playing time but it's worth noting that he did actually have a specific ache. Batum dealt with a number of nagging injuries during the 2013-14 season including a foot injury but did not miss any games during the campaign. He should be good to go for Game 4 but it's worth keeping an eye on.

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Nicolas Batum had a career playoff-high 26 points during Friday's 121-116 overtime loss to the Rockets, adding nine boards, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

He suffered a minor leg injury and was limping for about a minute late in the game, but it didn't cost him any playing time. Batum was all over the court tonight and the Rockets had some issues matching up with him all game. He played in all 82 games this season and led the NBA with 216 miles ran on the court, so we think he'll be ready for Game 4 on Sunday.