Luke Babbitt

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Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt Blazers.jpg
Luke Babbitt on 14 January 2011
No. 8 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 24)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Galena (Reno, Nevada)
College Nevada (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102013 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.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

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. Babbitt was ranked the #13 recruit in the nation according to ESPNU 100. He was recruited by University of Nevada-Reno, Ohio State University, Gonzaga University, University of Arizona and University of California, Los Angeles.1

College career

After originally verbally committing to Ohio State, Babbitt backed out and decided to attend the University of Nevada-Reno.2 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.3

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.4 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.5

On April 20, 2010, Babbitt hired an agent and declared for the NBA Draft.6

Professional career

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.7 On July 9, 2010, Babbitt signed his rookie contract with the Blazers.8 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.9 On December 18, 2010, he was recalled by the Trail Blazers.10 On March 3, 2011, he was re-assigned to the Idaho Stampede.11 On March 28, 2011, he was recalled. On January 4, 2012, he was re-assigned to the Idaho Stampede. On January 10, 2012, he was recalled by the Trail Blazers.12

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

In August 2013, Babbitt signed with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia for the 2013–14 season.13 In January 2014, he left Russia under controversial circumstances.14

On February 4, 2014, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.15

NBA career statistics

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

Regular season

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
Career 153 6 12.3 .377 .370 .733 2.3 .5 .2 .1 4.3

Awards and recognition

  • 2009–10 WAC All-Decade Team1
  • 2009–10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American16
  • 2009–10 AP All American Honorable Mention1
  • 2009–10 Naismith Award mid-season finalist17
  • 2009–10 WAC Player of the Year1
  • 2009–10 WAC 1st Team All- Conference1
  • 2008–09 WAC Freshman of the Year1
  • 2008–09 WAC 1st Team All- Conference1
  • 2008–09 WAC Newcomer of the Year1
  • 2008–10 2-Time WAC All-Tournament Team1

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