Luke Babbitt (Nevada)
6'8, SF, 220 lbs.
Babbit's a smooth scorer with a stroke from anywhere on the court. While not the most fleet of foot, Babbitt is a skilled player that has a great shot, great passing, and a good court awareness. Combine that with a high motor, and you have a player that will max out his ability. Question is, how high is that max?
Babbitt scores in a variety of ways. Babbitt while not fast, has long strides and is able to pull free of defenders by finding open spaces or using picks. When defenders play up on him, he uses a variety of jab steps and convincing ball fakes to take a couple of dribbles and shoot a mid-range jumper or a floater. When defended by a smaller player, he posts up and frequently goes to a fade-away or step back jumper.
Babbitt's a solid ball handler and keeps defenders honest by using angles to set up his dribble. For example, he can jab step one direction quickly and either shoot a step back jumper, or use as a hesitation dribble to get a closer shot. One thing that really make him a good all-around threat is his awareness of where others are on the court and his passing ability to counter his shot-making ability.
Babbitt struggles defensively due to a lack of lateral quickness to guard small forwards off the dribble and lacks the strength to guard power forwards in the post. Even if Babbitt gained the strength to play power forward, at 6'8, he lacks the size to play it at the next level. Babbitt needs to make up for it using his superior basketball IQ, but that's a tall order. Despite a lack of great physical attributes he rebounds well with good positioning and fundamentals.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Overall, while not an athletic demon, Babbitt's game could translate well due to his knowledge and skills in the game. He has potential to become a difficult matchup for SFs that he can post up and PFs he can take off the dribble.
Babbitt could be drafted anywhere from late-lottery to the late first round depending on if scouts feel about his athleticism. One thing that makes me think he will stick in the league is his long strides and knowing where to be most of the times on the court. I don't know if there is an accurate comparison for him, but I can see him being a big-time offensive threat in the NBA.
How would he fit on the Bulls?
Even though the Bulls have James Johnson and Luol Deng, Babbitt presents enough ability to be a 3 or a 4 based on matchups. Babbitt plays well off the ball which would fit in with Rose due to his shooting. The Bulls need shooters and he can present while also allowing other players to play off him with his superior passing ability. Babbitt would be a great pick in my opinion if a few players such as Paul George, Ekpe Udoh, and Larry Sanders are taken off the board.