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Old 06-15-2008, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Batum being worked out today

From Feschuk:

With less than two weeks until the June 28 draft, the club, which holds the 17th overall pick, will continue its research today in Oakland, where the Golden State Warriors are hosting a multi-player workout a handful of NBA franchises will attend. Among the featured is Nicolas Batum, the 19-year-old French forward Kelly called "intriguing."

"He's very young," said Kelly, who will be in Oakland. "So, do we want a direct impact or are we willing to wait a little bit for him?"
Chad Ford has him as the second-best international prospect behind Danilo.


Batum looked like a lock for the 2007 lottery after last year's scintillating Hoop Summit performance. But inexplicably, Batum decided against entering the draft. And he has fallen under much harsher scrutiny this year.

Batum has the athleticism, size and skill set to thrive in the NBA. But he lacks the assertiveness (or confidence) to live up to his potential right now -- he struggles to create offense for himself. An unimpressive performance at the Reebok Eurocamp this month didn't help his cause.

A lot of teams will look at him closely from No. 15 on down, but who will pull the trigger? As it stands, there's no guarantee Batum goes in the first round; teams later in the draft will worry about getting Batum to come to the NBA on the cheap.
From Smith:
Sometimes you go to independent observers to get the information you need and when I saw a buddy from L’Equipe around practice, I knew I had to have a chat.

Here’s a take on Nicolas Batum from someone entirely disassociated with the Raptors, or him (and I paraphraise)

"Great athlete, long, good shooting range, needs to grow into his body because he’s still not strong enough. Good kid, very high basketball IQ, was a leader of a French team that won the European junior championship. He’ll be primarily a three in the NBA but could guard twos if he had to. Mature of his age but still some questions about his mental toughness on the court but all indications are he’ll get it.”

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