Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt
29-Year-Old ForwardF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $1.97 million contract with the Hawks in August of 2017. Traded to the Heat in February of 2018.
Moving back to bench
FMiami Heat
April 6, 2018
Babbitt will return to the bench for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Babbitt got a spot start Wednesday in Atlanta in place of James Johnson, but the Heat are back to full strength Sunday and will go with Hassan Whiteside, Johnson and Josh Richardson up front.
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After playing just 47 games with New Orleans a year prior, Babbitt had a bounce-back campaign with the Heat in 2016-17. He played in 68 games, including 55 starts, while averaging 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 three-pointers across 15.7 minutes. It wasn't a great workload even when he was starting, which limited his overall impact in the box score. After the Heat decided against extending his contract, Babbitt hit the open free agent market and eventually locked in a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Hawks. With the Hawks in full rebuild mode, Babbitt should be a part of the regular rotation, although only a modest bump in playing time should be expected. The Hawks are expected to start Ersan Ilyasova at power forward and they also drafted John Collins with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which means Babbitt will likely have to settle for splitting minutes off the bench. His biggest strength continues to be his three-point shooting and he shot an impressive 41.4 percent from deep with the Heat, but his all-around production elsewhere will need to improve drastically to become a more relevant Fantasy option.
In his second season in New Orleans, Babbitt played in a career-high 63 games, averaging 13 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-9 forward collected averages of 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds with 59 three-pointers made. Babbitt is something of a one-trick pony for the Pelicans, but he excelled at his one trick. Babbitt led the NBA with a 51-percent clip from beyond the arc—the only player to shoot better than 50 percent last season. His productivity from distance was enough to earn the six-year man out of Nevada a new two-year deal this offseason. New head coach Alvin Gentry helped pilot the NBA's best three-point shooting team in the Golden State Warriors a year ago, which could mean there will be an opportunity for Babbitt this season. On the wing, he'll be behind Quincy Pondexter and perhaps Dante Cunningham for bench minutes, but at 6-foot-9, he has some stretch-four potential should Ryan Anderson be plagued by injury again this season.
Babbitt is back with the Pelicans for his fifth season in the league after signing with the team in February of last year. The former Trail Blazer got semi-consistent playing time in New Orleans last season due to the team's numerous injuries, averaging 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 17 minutes per game. Babbitt doesn't offer a lot beyond his outside shooting. He shot 38 percent from beyond the arc and is a career 37 percent shooter from long range. A healthy Ryan Anderson should limit Babbitt's upside, as Anderson is one of the league's premiere stretch-fours, but if Anderson should have a slow recovery from back surgery, Babbitt could have a chance to step into the stretch-four role. Albeit in a very small sample size, Babbitt excelled in extended minutes last year. In two starts, the forward averaged 31 minutes per game, scoring 17.5 points with 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 three-pointers made. He has an uphill battle to secure minutes, but given the fragility of the Pelicans' roster last season, an opening arising for Babbitt is not out of the question.
His status as a veritable assassin from downtown keeps Babbitt employed after knocking down at least one three-pointer in 17 of Portland’s final 18 games last season, when he knocked down 1.9 treys en route to 8.7 points in 22.4 minutes per game. He’ll find minutes difficult to garner unless the team is ravaged by injuries, so don’t expect much output from the third-year forward.
In 2010-11, Babbitt had a rather forgettable start to his NBA career - 27.3% shooting from the field, 18.8% from beyond the arc, and 33.3% from the free-throw line. He sits behind Wallace and Batum on the depth chart at small forward, though Babbitt could see playing time as a stretch four in some lineups. If he can regain the shooting touch that made him a first-round pick, the second-year player could be valuable in extremely deep leagues with offerings of three-pointers and rebounds.
Babbitt was selected 16th overall by the Timberwolves but traded to the Trail Blazers for Martell Webster on draft night. His long-term upside is good, but his short-term fantasy value is limited by a lack of available minutes in the Blazer rotation.
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Moving into starting five
FMiami Heat
April 4, 2018
Babbitt will start Wednesday's game against the Kings.
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Will start Wednesday
FMiami Heat
March 14, 2018
Babbitt will get the start Wednesday against the Kings, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports.
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DNP-Coach's Decision in Thursday's win
FMiami Heat
March 8, 2018
Babbitt did not see the floor during Thursday's 108-99 win over the 76ers.
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Shifting back to bench Thursday
FMiami Heat
March 8, 2018
Babbitt will return to the bench for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
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Will start Saturday
FMiami Heat
March 3, 2018
Babbitt will start Saturday's game against the Pistons, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
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