I would like to thank Nic Batum for an absolutely insane rookie year. Now, some people will look at the opening line and say to themselves "huh?." Hear me out.....On the heals of our FREAKING awsome road W in San Antonio we are offically a 50+ win playoff team. Nic has started Basically the whole year and has drawn the toughest perimiter D assignments on the team(IMHO) of any player. This is a 19yo rookie people, wow. I remeber thinking "crap Martell is injured and all we have is Trout(who i saw as best as 6th man) and some rookie K.P. drafted from france, ugh." Only shows why K.P. knows and we mere mortals do not. In K.P. i trust.
His Stats are no where near eye popping at : 75GP (72 starts) 18.5MPG 5.5PPG and decent FT,FG,3pt%'s Once again they are not eye popping but what he did bring all year long was that you knew what you were getting each night and as we have seen recently he is pretty tough. That article about his ankle injury and being all iced up then Nate coming in and saying something to the effect of "thats how a player should look" was a great insight. He is young, talented, beat up, tired, tough, and still battling. Bravo young man!
So once again let me say (not that Nic would read this, lol) Thank You Nic Batum for being a stud rook.