2020-21 Clippers season in review: Nicolas Batum

Welcome to our annual Clippers season in review series. Every day until the end of July, we’ll be taking a look back at the players who ended the season with the Clippers (apologies to Malik Fitts and Mfiondu Kabengele). Today, we conclude with Nicolas Batum.

Key information:

Name: Nicolas Batum

Age: 32

Years in the NBA: 13

Key stats: Batum led the Clippers in regular-season minutes, playing in 67 games and starting 38 despite suiting up for just 22 in the prior season. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game.

Batum started in 10 of 19 playoff games, averaging 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per contest.

Future contract status: Batum is an unrestricted free agent.

Summary:

At the time of his signing, there were limited expectations of what Batum could provide to the Clippers after an injury-riddled end to his tenure in Charlotte. The hope was that Batum could provide some wing depth at the end of the rotation.

Boy, did Batum do better than that.

Batum was forced into the starting lineup due to Marcus Morris Sr.’s knee injury in December and didn’t relinquish his role until March. He was a connector on offense, bringing some needed ball movement to an offense that had been a little isolation-heavy, as well as spot-up shooting and cutting. Batum was also deployed as the defender on the opposing team’s best perimeter player during the…

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