|2010 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 16th overall by Minnesota.|
|2010 NBA Draft||NBA||Draft rights traded by Minnesota, along with Ryan Gomes, to Portland in exchange for Martell Webster.|
|6th July, 2010||NBA||Signed four year, $8,209,278 rookie scale contract with Portland. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.|
|8th December, 2010||D-League||Assigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|18th December, 2010||D-League||Recalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|3rd March, 2011||D-League||Assigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|28th March, 2011||D-League||Recalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|29th June, 2011||NBA||Portland exercised 2012/13 team option.|
|4th January, 2012||D-League||Assigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|10th January, 2012||D-League||Recalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.|
|30th October, 2012||NBA||Portland declined 2013/14 team option.|
|28th August, 2013||Russia||Signed a one year contract with Nizhny Novgorod.|
|1st February, 2014||Russia||Left Nizhny Novgorod.|
|4th February, 2014||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2015 with New Orleans.|
|16th July, 2015||NBA||Re-signed by New Orleans to a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract.|
|10th July, 2016||NBA||Traded by New Orleans to Miami in exchange for a 2018 second round pick and cash.|
|9th August, 2017||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.|
|8th February, 2018||NBA||Traded by Atlanta to Miami in exchange for Okaro White.|
|2008 - 2010||Nevada (NCAA)|
|June 2010 - June 2013||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
|August 2013 - February 2014||Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)|
|February 2014 - July 2016||New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)|
|July 2016 - June 2017||Miami Heat (NBA)|
|August 2017 - February||Atlanta Hawks (NBA)|
|February 2018 - present||Miami Heat (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
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.