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Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt American basketball player

American basketball player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American basketball player
A.K.A. Luke Robert Babbitt
Is Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 June 1989, Cincinnati, USA
Age: 30 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Stats
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 102 kg
Education
Galena High School
Sports Teams
Idaho Stampede
Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans
The details
Biography

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 Nevada Wolf Pack 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.

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 two-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 2,941 points, which broke future college teammate Armon Johnson's Nevada state scoring record of 2,616 points.

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.

College career

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

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

Professional career

Portland Trail Blazers (2010–2013)

Babbitt was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 NBA draft. His rights were later traded, along with Wolves 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.

Babbitt in 2011 with the Portland Trail Blazers

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 by the Trail Blazers. On January 4, 2012, he was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede. On January 10, 2012, he was recalled again.

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

Nizhny Novgorod (2013–2014)

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

New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2016)

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

Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks (2016–2018)

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

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

NBA

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
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

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

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

  • 2008–09 WAC Freshman of the Year
  • 2008–09 WAC 1st Team All- Conference
  • 2008–09 WAC Newcomer of the Year
  • 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
  • 2008–2010 2× WAC All-Tournament Team
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