Nic Batum is one of the more polarizing players on the Trail Blazers. Some people are in complete love with his potential(including for some reason all my sisters...must be the accent) while others at the beginning of the season were screaming how Portland overpaid to keep him, and that we should have Minnesota take on that contract. I personally felt that Portland did the correct thing with him in paying him before he has reached his full potential where I believe he will become close to a max contract player. I know he does not have that kill instinct of Lebron and Durant, or the physical attributes of Lebron or the shooting touch of Durant, however I believe he does have the potential to have similar affect on the game in his coming years. The blazers have been bringing him along slowly but surely and I feel if he could have stayed healthy this year, and the blazers could have had more depth, this would truly have been his break out year. I am excited for next year and what he is going to bring to the table.
These were his numbers last year:
averaged a career-high 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 swipes, and 1.1 blocks in 38.5 minutes.
If the Blazers can shore up their bench and Nic can stay healthy for a season on the realistic/optimistic side I can definitely see him posting the following numbers:
15-17 ppg (Could be higher, however I feel Lillard will eclipse 20+, and Aldridge will be 22+ as well)
5.5-6.5 assists per game(he averaged 4.9 assists last year and went a 2 month stretch where he avg'd 5.9)
6-7 rebounds per game(was actually on pace for this till his injuries started to affect his game play)
as well as
1.5 steals per game
1 block per game
45-50% from the field
37-42 % from three
and 85% from the line
What are your thoughts? Is this a realistic stat line for Batum to reach? I believe I read with his PPG, APG, RPG, and steals and blocks per game only him and Lebron averaged those kinds of numbers.