Eddy: The Growth Of Blazers F Nicolas Batum

Television commentator George Eddy has posted a nice look at the maturation of Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum on FIBA.com. Eddy writes that he played against Batum's father before he passed away and had an up-close view of Batum's development.

Of course he was young and frail too which pushed his coach at the time, Vincent Collet, to nickname him Bambi.

Nicolas was a huge fan of Scottie Pippen's all-around game (when evreybody else adored Michael Jordan) and we often discussed the similarities in their body types and the potential Batum showed to one day follow Scottie onto the NBA stage.

He had that same unreal wingspan for swooping to the basket for spectacularly elegant finishes but also the desire to play defense, block shots and use those tentacular arms to make steals.

Pippen was more of a playmaker in his heyday but Nicholas has developped into a great passer himself as he is actually the assist leader in the Euroleague with eight a game just ahead of the eternal altruist from Panathinaikos, Dimitris Diamantidis.

Batum is competing for SLUC in France during the ongoing NBA lockout and was recently named weekly MVP of Euroleague action.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker