Babbitt with the Pelicans in 2014
|No. 8 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
June 20, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Galena (Reno, Nevada)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2010–2013||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2010–2012||→Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2013–2014||Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)|
|2014–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|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 currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of Nevada-Reno for two seasons before declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft following his sophomore year. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.
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, breaking future college teammate Armon Johnson's Nevada state scoring record.
After originally verbally committing to Ohio State, Babbitt backed out and decided to attend the University of Nevada-Reno. 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.
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. 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.
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. On July 9, 2010, Babbitt signed his rookie contract with the Blazers. He then joined the Blazers for the 2010 NBA Summer League.
On December 8, 2010, Babbitt was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. On December 18, 2010, he was recalled by the Trail Blazers. On March 3, 2011, he was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede. 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.
Babbitt joined the Trail Blazers for the 2012 NBA Summer League.
NBA career statistics
|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|
Awards and recognition
- 2009–10 WAC All-Decade Team
- 2009–10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
- 2009–10 AP All American Honorable Mention
- 2009–10 Naismith Award mid-season finalist
- 2009–10 WAC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 WAC 1st Team All- Conference
- 2008–09 WAC Freshman of the Year
- 2008–09 WAC 1st Team All- Conference
- 2008–09 WAC Newcomer of the Year
- 2008–10 2-Time WAC All-Tournament Team
- Luke Babbitt Bio
- Luke Babbitt Recruiting Profile
- Report: Galena basketball star to play for Wolf Pack in '08
- Nevada 78, San Jose St. 69 – ESPN.com
- New Mexico St. 80, Nevada 79 – ESPN.com
- James leads way as Rams hold off Wolf Pack
- Babbitt hires agent, declares for draft
- "Minnesota Acquires Martell Webster from Portland". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN LUKE BABBITT
- Trail Blazers Assign Luke Babbitt To Idaho Stampede
- Blazers Recall Babbitt From D-League
- Trail Blazers' Luke Babbitt heads to NBA Development League
- Blazers recall Luke Babbitt from D-League
- "Nizhny Novgorod announced Luke Babbitt". Sportando.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- Luke Babbitt breaks contract with Nizhny. Russian team won't sign his letter of clearance
- "PELICANS SIGN BABBITT". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Pelicans Re-Sign Luke Babbitt". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- Luke Babbitt named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
- Luke Babbitt Named National Finalist