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#8 Luke Babbitt
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  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Signed as a free agent in August 2017
  • SF/PF
  • 6'9" / 225lbs
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  • 06/20/1989
  • USA
  • 16th pick, 2010
  • Nevada
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2010 NBA DraftNBADrafted 16th overall by Minnesota.
2010 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Minnesota, along with Ryan Gomes, to Portland in exchange for Martell Webster.
6th July, 2010NBASigned four year, $8,209,278 rookie scale contract with Portland. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
8th December, 2010D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
18th December, 2010D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
3rd March, 2011D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
28th March, 2011D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
29th June, 2011NBAPortland exercised 2012/13 team option.
4th January, 2012D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
10th January, 2012D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
30th October, 2012NBAPortland declined 2013/14 team option.
28th August, 2013RussiaSigned a one year contract with Nizhny Novgorod.
1st February, 2014RussiaLeft Nizhny Novgorod.
4th February, 2014NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2015 with New Orleans.
16th July, 2015NBARe-signed by New Orleans to a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract.
10th July, 2016NBATraded by New Orleans to Miami in exchange for a 2018 second round pick and cash.
9th August, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2008 - 2010Nevada (NCAA)
June 2010 - June 2013Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
August 2013 - February 2014Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
February 2014 - July 2016New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
July 2016 - June 2017Miami Heat (NBA)
August 2017 - presentAtlanta Hawks (NBA)

November 11, 2017

Due to injuries elsewhere, Babbitt has started the last three games at power forward, and has done well with them. He has averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while even contributing some high value defensive stats (1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) for a 25.7 fantasy point average over those three outings, expanding to 23.5 over the last five. Babbitt could goose egg at any time, and Mike Muscala may return tonight, but Ersan Ilyasova won’t, thus Babbitt will still have a decent role to play. And he’s playing it well.


November 6, 2017

Dedmon and Collins were picked in yesterday’s list, due to the fact that injuries to the rest of the roster mandated that they would split all of the centre minutes. This, they did, and both produced: Dedmon scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, while Collins put up 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist. Notably, however, they did not take most of the power forward minutes. Instead, the hitherto little-used Luke Babbit not only got the start, but also played 41 minutes. Babbitt (who counts as a small forward in fantasy) is a largely one-dimensional jump shooting player, a very poor rebounder who does not handle the ball or post defensive statistics, and it is worth mentioning his 17 points came against the Cleveland Cavaliers, famously poor at defending the perimeter. This won’t happen again. But what might happen again is Babbitt starting, for none of the injured players seem likely to return tonight. He thus is a filthy cheap fantasy starter tonight.


June 29, 2017

Luke Babbitt
SF, 6’9, 225lbs, 28 years old, 7 years of experience

Babbitt took 281 shots this season, 268 of which were jump shots, and 210 of which were from three. He shot 41.4% from three-point range and 36.6% from two-point range; his ever-increasingly one dimensional play, then, is probably a good thing. Babbitt doesn’t board, is overmatched defending the interior and able to be gotten past on the perimeter, but at least there is defensive effort and the occasional surprising piece of footwork. He has an NBA role to play. Probably not as big of one as he received in 2016/17, though.

Player Plan: Expiring minimum salary contract. Worth another one, but too limited to be worth more than that, even if 6’9 shooters are in fashion.


June 27, 2010

Pick 16: Things get weird when Minnesota draft Luke Babbitt from Nevada with the 16th pick. The pick itself is not bad - a Luke Jackson-style player is fine in this range. But it's another small forward for Minnesota, and that remains true even after Ric Bucher comes on to announce that Babbitt is being traded to Portland, along with Ryan Gomes, in exchange for Martell Webster.

You can't draft someone at #16 better than Martell Webster? I bet I could. And is Martell Webster the best use for Ryan Gomes's partially guaranteed salary? Surely not.

Babbitt chews gum throughout his interview and wears a blue shirt with a white collar. Inauspicious debut.

The last player from Nevada drafted that high is currently on suicide watch in prison. True story. I'm sure it means nothing, though.