I thought this was an interesting article from June 10, 2008. This seems a pretty accurate description of Batum today.
2008 Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso, Days Three and Four
June 10, 2008
Batum started off his first and only game at the Reebok Eurocamp in very strong fashion, hitting a spot-up 3-pointer right off the bat. He handled the ball a bit in transition, grabbed some rebounds and went coast to coast, and played very aggressive defense. His excellent pull-up jumper from mid-range was falling for him at a really nice rate, and he quickly racked up double digit points early in the second quarter.
|Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress|
As the game went on and things got slower and more congested in the half-court, though, Batum’s well-known flaws started to show. He struggled trying to create his own shot from the perimeter off more than a few dribbles, and then began to settle excessively for his long-range jumper, which just wasn’t falling today (1/7 from behind the arc). He looked visibly frustrated after being blocked emphatically at the rim bySerge Ibakaand even missed a dunk at one point, as he surely was putting a lot of pressure on himself knowing that this was going to be the only game he’ll play in.
It’s pretty obvious that at this point in his development (as we’ve stated before) Batum is not going to be any type of go-to guy for any team he plays for, and thus needs a great point guard and a real system to take advantage of his excellent tools, things you aren’t going to typically find in this type of setting.
What are your realistic expectations for Baum next year?
9-10 All Star, we knew it the whole time (8 votes)
7-8 We thought he should have been most improved player of the year (50 votes)
5-6 Better than last year because of more touches, everyone is satisfied (170 votes)
3-4 Same as last year and has no real effect on the outcome of the game (16 votes)
1-2 Get’s injured and misses 45 games! (2 votes)
246 total votes