TAG: Nicolas Batum

NBA / Jun 4, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The Next Wave Of The 15 Most Marketable NBA Stars

Damian Lillard

As the NBA continues to grow globally; companies in the international markets have reached out to some of the game’s youngest, brightest and biggest stars to promote their products across the world. Even if it means paying a hefty price to lock down a potential superstar, NBA personalities have become some of the biggest brands in the world. In the age of social media, the culture has changed and fans are following their favorite players more closely than ever. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 14, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The 10 Best Closers From This Season’s NBA Playoffs

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. There are no weak teams left but rather just the mighty squads that are all capable of winning at this level in this kind of environment. Because of the level of talent from team to team, games–especially those that mean so much–come down to the wire and it is up to the “closer” to bring his ninth inning heat and finish out the contest. Read More »

NBA / May 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Will The Real Trail Blazers Please Stand Up?

Will Barton

Memphis by way of Baltimore? It doesn’t get much grimier than that. So is it any surprise that it was the rugged, skinny kid from Mobtown who had the Blazers’ backs when they needed it the most?

For more than a week now, the Blazers have been wondering what happened to their pride. In Game 4 against the Spurs, it was the inspiring, and improbable, play of Will Barton that showed everyone just what pride looks like. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 24, 2014 / 10:20 pm

Video: LeBron James Skies For The Reverse Alley-Oop

Norris Cole, LeBron James Nicolas Batum

There is no question that LeBron James is one of the best finishers in the game today, if not the best. ‘Bron showed fans another example of this trait in the second quarter of Monday’s matchup against the Trail Blazers. LeBron used his quickness to beat Nicolas Batum with a sweet cut along the baseline as Norri Cole

threw up a lob from way beyond the arc. The reigning MVP finished with a reverse jam despite Batum trying to intercept Norris’ pass. Read More »

NBA, Video / Feb 4, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 100 Best Dunks Of The NBA Season

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

For only a half season’s worth of basketball, the NBA’s top athletes have put together a strong resume and large volume of impressive slams, so much so that we had to list 100 of them. There weren’t any that had to be forced on, either, to complete the list. No, there were plenty of worthy candidates to make this list go beyond the threshold of 100. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 24, 2014 / 1:44 am

Video: Wesley Matthews Slam Off The Inbounds Lob

Wesley Matthews

The Trail Blazers nipped a 110-105 win over the visiting Nuggets in the second game of TNT’s Thursday night double-header. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 44 points in the victory, and he was the primary reason the Blazers outscored the Nuggets, 24-14, in the final period to clinch the comeback win. But Wesley Matthews was the only other Blazer to drop a pair of buckets in that final session, and he already wowed the crowd at the Moda Center in the third period with a filthy slam off an inbounds lob from Nicolas Batum. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: Nicolas Batum Lobs For Sneaky Damian Lillard Slam

Damian Lillard

The Blazers pulled away from a visiting Cavs team — that’s not messing around anymore with the acquisition of Luol Deng — in the fourth quarter Wednesday night behind their stars, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The former even snuck backdoor for a sick alley-oop from Nicolas Batum. Read More »

NBA / Jan 13, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The NBA’s 30 Biggest Unsung Heroes

Andray Blatche

Behind every great team, the superstars and the dynasties, are the guys that the average fans don’t know about. Regardless of the amount of talent at the top of the roster, coaches are forced to look for production from role players on a nightly basis. While the average fan may not realize these players exist, their impact, while consistently failing to show up in the box scores, is not disregarded by teammates or coaches. Read More »

NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Who’s Better: Nicolas Batum Or Lance Stephenson?

Lance Stephenson

Two of the league’s biggest championship contenders, Portland and Indiana, rely on a couple of unselfish, versatile swingmen to make shots, get stops and every once in a while, throw up one of those games that scream future star. Lance Stephenson might be the NBA’s most improved player this year, upping his numbers to 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and a league-leading three triple-doubles, and in the process revealing Danny Granger as expendable. Nicolas Batum might be fantasy basketball’s most underrated player, stuffing the box score — once again — this season to the tune of 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 three-pointers per game. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Dec 15, 2013 / 5:45 pm

Blazers’ Nicolas Batum With The Balletic Reverse Layup Alley-Oop

Nicolas Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers set a franchise record during Saturday night’s blowout of the Sixers, 139-105, by hitting 21 of their 37 attempts from three-point range. But during their stomping of Philadelphia from long-range, Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum finished an alley-oop where he appeared to hang in the air forever before spinning the ball off the glass on the opposite side of the rim. Read More »