Batum might be living up to the contract
Only nine games but I like what I've seen so far. 20.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 bpg, 39% from three. Last night against the Rockets: 35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assist, 5 blocks, a steal, and 5 threes. He is definitely being more aggressive. Could be Stotts system or Nate was holding him back.
I think it is a bit of both. Portland relying on Batum a lot as Portland's bench is weak. He is in the top 4 in terms of mins played.
i dont think its as much of a result from the coaches as it is just from his overall development. he was very raw coming in and young as well. i think he has just learned a lot about what he is capable of doing and his jumper has just improved a lot. he knows how to use his athleticism now and even against the elites. i still feel as though he can continue to improve defensively and not just offensively. he has the tools to be the next pippen like defender. i've always felt like he had the potential to be a lebron stopper as well but with lebron being in the post so much now i guess not.
hes definitely a very exciting player to watch as well...wish the blazers let him go to the twolves...can you imagine a trio of rubio love and batum?
Not only that but he has been a complete pest defensively. He could snag an All-Defensive team spot this season if he continues playing the way he is.
It's evident that he is living up to the contract, he's 23 years old and is producing very well thus highlighting that this contract has been a good investment. He has to trim down on his turnovers a tad bit, he currently averages 2.6TO and threw the ball away 7 times against the Rockets but having said that, he showed that he could be a defensive standout in the same game with his length and athletic ability which does give him that X factor going forward.