December 10, 2017, 1:25 pm
Nicolas Batum has been slowed by his elbow this season, telling Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer “Since I got back three weeks ago, it’s really, really bothered my game. It’s really bothered me. It’s (affected) my performance. I can’t be myself.”
That would explain Batum’s lackluster performance thus far and his placement outside the top-150 in 9-cat leagues. He added, “When I’m out there, I know what to do, but I can’t do it.” Batum clearly thinks the game correctly but can’t overcome the physical limitations just yet, so perhaps we’ll see the Hornets give him some time off until he’s feeling right. Bonnell mentions corrective surgery as an option after the season, but if Batum keeps experiencing pain like he has been the Charlotte might encourage him to be more aggressive with treatment. He’s a hold in fantasy leagues but the persistent pain takes some of the shine off his buy low potential.