Luke Babbitt

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Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt (30303258314).jpg
Babbitt with the Heat in 2016
Free agent
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 29)
Cincinnati, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolGalena (Reno, Nevada)
CollegeNevada (2008–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career2010–present
Career history
20102013Portland Trail Blazers
2010–2012Idaho Stampede
2013–2014Nizhny Novgorod
20142016New Orleans Pelicans
2016–2017Miami Heat
2017–2018Atlanta Hawks
2018Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Luke Robert Babbitt (born June 20, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Nevada for two seasons before declaring for the 2010 NBA draft following his sophomore year.[1] He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Early life[edit]

Babbitt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of nine his family moved to Reno, Nevada. Babbitt attended Galena High School, where he was a 3-time All-State performer and a 2-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in basketball. As a junior, Babbitt averaged 27.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while leading Galena to a state championship. Babbitt finished his high school career by scoring 2,616 points, which broke future college teammate Armon Johnson's Nevada state scoring record.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Babbitt was listed as the No. 12 power forward and the No. 31 player in the nation in 2008.[2]

Babbitt's two brothers, Jett and Alex, also played at Galena High school, although never played at a level higher than high school. Babbits father, Bob Babbit, was the one who introduced all three sons to the game of basketball.

College career[edit]

After originally verbally committing to Ohio State, Babbitt backed out and decided to attend the University of Nevada.[3] In his first game, Babbitt recorded a 20-point, 12 rebound double-double versus Montana State. He went on to average 16.9 points per game during his freshman year including a season-high 30 points on March 12, 2009 versus San Jose State.[4]

In his sophomore season, Babbitt led the team in scoring with 21.9 points per game. He scored a career-high 33 points in the Western Athletic Conference tournament semifinals on March 13, 2010 versus New Mexico State.[5] Despite losing that game and ending their hopes of going to the NCAA Tournament, Nevada was invited to the NIT, where they lost in the second round to the University of Rhode Island.[6]

On April 20, 2010, Babbitt hired an agent and declared for the NBA Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers (2010–2013)[edit]

Babbitt was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 NBA draft. His rights were later traded along with Minnesota forward Ryan Gomes to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Martell Webster.[8] On July 9, 2010, Babbitt signed his rookie contract with the Blazers.[9] He then joined the Blazers for the 2010 NBA Summer League.

Babbitt in 2011 with the Portland Trail Blazers

On December 8, 2010, Babbitt was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.[10] On December 18, 2010, he was recalled by the Trail Blazers.[11] On March 3, 2011, he was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede.[12] On March 28, 2011, he was recalled. On January 4, 2012, he was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede. On January 10, 2012, he was recalled by the Trail Blazers.[13]

Babbitt joined the Trail Blazers for the 2012 NBA Summer League.

Nizhny Novgorod (2013–2014)[edit]

In August 2013, Babbitt signed with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia for the 2013–14 season.[14] In January 2014, he left Russia under controversial circumstances.[15]

New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2016)[edit]

On February 4, 2014, Babbitt signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[16] On July 20, 2015, he re-signed with the Pelicans.[17]

Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks (2016–2018)[edit]

On July 10, 2016, Babbitt was traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.[18] He signed with the Atlanta Hawks on August 9, 2017,[19] before being traded back to the Heat on February 8, 2018 in exchange for Okaro White.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Portland 24 0 5.7 .273 .188 .333 1.3 .3 .1 .1 1.5
2011–12 Portland 40 4 13.4 .410 .430 .850 2.4 .4 .3 .1 5.1
2012–13 Portland 62 0 11.8 .368 .348 .769 2.2 .5 .2 .1 3.9
2013–14 New Orleans 27 2 17.5 .390 .379 .778 3.3 1.1 .3 .4 6.3
2014–15 New Orleans 63 19 13.2 .479 .513 .684 1.8 .4 .3 .2 4.1
2015–16 New Orleans 47 13 18.0 .422 .404 .780 3.1 1.1 .2 .1 7.0
2016–17 Miami 68 55 15.7 .402 .414 .733 2.1 .5 .3 .2 4.8
2017–18 Atlanta 37 9 15.4 .476 .441 .773 2.2 .7 .2 .1 6.1
2017–18 Miami 13 5 11.2 .234 .244 .000 1.2 .4 .1 .2 2.5
Career 381 107 14.0 .408 .402 .747 2.2 .6 .2 .2 4.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Miami 2 0 1.5 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 2 0 1.5 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Nevada 34 34 32.6 .456 .429 .864 7.4 1.4 .7 .7 16.9
2009–10 Nevada 34 34 37.1 .500 .416 .917 8.9 2.1 1.0 .8 21.9
Career 68 68 34.9 .480 .421 .893 8.1 1.8 .9 .8 19.4

Awards and recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Luke Babbitt Bio
  2. ^ Luke Babbitt Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ Report: Galena basketball star to play for Wolf Pack in '08
  4. ^ Nevada 78, San Jose St. 69 – ESPN.com
  5. ^ New Mexico St. 80, Nevada 79 – ESPN.com
  6. ^ James leads way as Rams hold off Wolf Pack
  7. ^ Babbitt hires agent, declares for draft
  8. ^ "Minnesota Acquires Martell Webster from Portland". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  9. ^ TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN LUKE BABBITT
  10. ^ Trail Blazers Assign Luke Babbitt To Idaho Stampede Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Blazers Recall Babbitt From D-League
  12. ^ Trail Blazers' Luke Babbitt heads to NBA Development League
  13. ^ Blazers recall Luke Babbitt from D-League
  14. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod announced Luke Babbitt". Sportando.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  15. ^ Luke Babbitt breaks contract with Nizhny. Russian team won't sign his letter of clearance
  16. ^ "PELICANS SIGN BABBITT". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  17. ^ "Pelicans Re-Sign Luke Babbitt". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "HEAT Acquire Luke Babbitt". NBA.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  19. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Sign Luke Babbitt". NBA.com. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  20. ^ "HEAT Acquire Luke Babbitt". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Luke Babbitt named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  22. ^ Luke Babbitt Named National Finalist

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