March 10, 2018, 11:20 pmNicolas BatumSG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum was superb in Saturday’s 122-115 victory over the Suns, shooting 11-of-18 from the floor and finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four triples and just two turnovers in 36 minutes of work.
That’s the Batum that owners spend their top-50 picks on. His season got off to a nightmarish start with a costly elbow injury and a month-plus of rusty play. He didn’t get all that much better thereafter and has continued to harm owners’ field goal percentages, but Batum certainly looks more like his middle-round self over the last few weeks. Not every opponent will be as generous as the Suns but Batum should still be good for top-90 production from here on out.