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Luke Babbitt


Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt on January 14, 2011
No. 8 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
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 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
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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

Regular season

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Luke Babbitt Bio
  2. ^ Report: Galena basketball star to play for Wolf Pack in '08
  3. ^ Nevada 78, San Jose St. 69 –
  4. ^ New Mexico St. 80, Nevada 79 –
  5. ^ James leads way as Rams hold off Wolf Pack
  6. ^ Babbitt hires agent, declares for draft
  7. ^ "Minnesota Acquires Martell Webster from Portland". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ Trail Blazers Assign Luke Babbitt To Idaho Stampede
  10. ^ Blazers Recall Babbitt From D-League
  11. ^ Trail Blazers' Luke Babbitt heads to NBA Development League
  12. ^ Blazers recall Luke Babbitt from D-League
  13. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod announced Luke Babbitt". August 30, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Luke Babbitt breaks contract with Nizhny. Russian team won't sign his letter of clearance
  16. ^ Luke Babbitt named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  17. ^ Luke Babbitt Named National Finalist

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