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ESPN Insider: Batum ranked number 21 out of 25 best players under age 25

"Batum was one of the most talented young players in Europe from 2005 to 2008. Portland acquired his rights in 2008, and he moved into the starting lineup during the fourth game of the 2008-09 season. Batum has tremendous length and a unique skill set. He is a very good two-way player with defense being his forte. He is an excellent wing defender who can defend multiple positions. His scoring has increased every year in the league, going from 5.4 points per game as a rookie to 12.4 points per game last season. He also loves the 3-pointer, as he attempted 807 field goals last season, and 342 of them were from behind the 3-point line. But he can shoot it -- he's made 37.4 percent byond the arc for his career. Batum is very good at scoring off cuts and coming off screens, but the Blazers would love for him to develop more of an attack mentality. Similar to: Bruce Bowen"

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