Luke Babbitt 2010 draft profile

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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. 

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  • I was watching the draft combine on TV. They say this guy's weakness is that he is not athletic. If he is going to be a SF, he will be in trouble without speed. Does he do well when running around screens and then getting free to shoot a jumper?

  • Kevin I couldn't have said it better myself(or maybe as well). Great report. I understand the Paul George love, but I won't pick/draft a player I haven't seen play in multiple games. I wish I could have seen him play more. But again I would be excited if the Bulls drafted him. Apparently he did very well at the combine, and it's being specualted that now he's shot up past 17 towards the lottery.

    When you look at Babbitt's rebounding numbers I just think that's really important. This and his ease of scoring tells me he is not Adam Morrison. He will be a defensive liability, but his high I.Q., and if he can put on 15 pounds of muscle including in his legs, I think in a good team defensive system he can get by at least on the inerior as he does play solid in the post, and blocks out very well. If he didn't seem like a real competitor, and someone who would work hard to build up his game/body, I'd say forget it. But I watched him play numerous times, and he does appear to be that kind of competitor. I mean 90% free throws on almost seven trips to the line a game? His post moves, I mean that turnaround fade reminds me of McHale. Right now Luke is number two on my list after Dominique Jones. Ekpe Udoh being 2A. I just don't know if I've seen a better shooter including with unlimited range then Luke.

    Hey by the way Kevin, it seems like the combine/pre-draft measurements on DraftExpress to me before the draft include sprint, max vert, and agility. Right now they still have N/A's on all those lines only inlcuding height w/out shoes and wingspan etc.

    Do you recall don't they list max vert., height w/shoes, sprint, and agility before the draft? I'm sure they did last year. I emailed Jonathan Givony, but have not heard back. I hope they are not changing the access to these vital stats, especially since they seem to be promoting/hyping the more benign stats of simply reach, wingspan etc.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    They don't release those until later, but it was before the draft last year. I couldn't tell you a date, but it may be out there.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Hey man, I really do not know about all the verts and such. My guess is they are just working on all that info as that is a lot to get in.

    Thanks for the feedback! I do like your insight!

  • This kid was getting alot of hype at the DRAFT COMBINE.

    However, be that he is a SF I would think the Bulls' management needs to pass on him.

    THIS JUST IN:

    A.J. Price of the Pacers, hurt his knee in a charity game and will need surgery on it.

    That just gives more reason for the Bulls' management to trade Kirk Hinrich to Indiana.

    To Bulls: Jeff Foster, Solomon Jones and the #10 pick
    To Pacers: Kirk Hinrich and the #17 pick

    The Bulls could then draft a SG,James Anderson, Xavier Henry or Paul George, without having to worry if those three guys will be off the board by the time they pick at #17.

    Also, they could then package the expiring contracts of Jeff Foster and Solomon Jones to Toronto for Chris Bosh, assuming Bryan Colangelo, the GM of the Raptors, doesn't want Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng.

    It's worth a try.

    Now is the time to make a trade, if you are the Bulls' management.

    - MOVE UP IN THE DRAFT
    - ORGANIZE THEIR S&T FOR CHRIS BOSH.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Would love to see us move up to pick 10 if possible.

  • I love the kid. Measured out at 6'9 in shoes i'm pretty sure. It's tough to imagine him as a full time PF but there's not doubt in my mind he can effectively play it for spurts. Wouldn't be disappointed with him at all, though it depends which SG's are there and if another guy drops or not.

  • Luke Babbitt = Nick Collison.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    what a terrible comparison! amazingly, if you had said darren collison rather than nick youd have been closer to the mark.

  • In reply to Gavolt:

    What do the Bulls need most right now?

    A SHOOTING GUARD.

    Babbitt is NOT a SG, but a SF. Trade JJ or PASS!!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I respect everybody's opinion. There just plain haven't been a lot of American born white guys who have been offensive successes in the NBA in recent years. It's funny because you say that, and then people will start giving you the "list", but that just sort of proves the point. That's not meant to be judging or negative just honest.

    Luke immediately begs/has brought up the Adam Morrison athletically challenged/won't be able to score in the NBAcomparison(partially because both have been prodigious scorers in college.)

    The thing about Luke is he scores with ease in the lane, has much higher rebounding totals/exceptional then Adam which is very important for me. Nearly 7 free throw attempts a game, volume scoring in his first two seasons, and shoots 90% from the line, and well from three with a decent volume especially for a big.

    If you look at Collison's numbers his first two years there is really no comparison. A guy like Luke,m to me, will either be a real success or won't make it. There is some risk, but I think a small one when you take into account all his tell tale markers of success. And he is an excellent competitor from everything I've seen.

    Again though my No.1 is Dominique Jones. ^ rebounds a game in his first two college seasons those are Wade like numbers, and things you see out of guys like Rondo. Dominique is vastly underrated not for hops, but for elsuive athleticism to get to the bucket and space to score in the lane. He's a sure fire offensive success waiting to happen or as close as I can find.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I can't make a good comparison for this guy. People will play the race card and compare him to Chris Mullins; he is not as good and he is taller than Mullins w/ more athletic ability. Morrison was a good scorer for college, but was not that great of a shooter and not as tough, high IQ, and athletic. I think a better comparison if using white athlete would be Kyle Korver with a better all-around game.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Ya theres about 3 or 4 guys we can compare Babbit with lol haha I have never seen him play, but i have deff. heard some good things about him. I question if he could translate to the NBA game though. The truth is, there isnt many white players that succeed at the next level unfortunately lol

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I understand, but he is rangey (sp?). I think he will at least be a solid offensive threat.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    with his elite shooting, high IQ, selective use of passing and mid-post fadeaway game, i almost feel like hes the SF, NCAA version of dirk. thats meant to be a comparison to show what kind of player luke is now, and not necessarily what kind of player he will be in the nba.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kurz has shown that he can play in the speed of the NBA. You don't know how a rookie is going to do against the better competition. Case and point...Adam Morrison.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    I don't know about Morrison. Morrison was able to be a small forward at the college level cause he was 6'9 even though he was dangly, skinny, and a good, but not great shot. Babbitt is pretty rangey in speed and has a lot more bulk w/ a lot better all around game in terms of feel. His shot is so pure and it does not take long to get off. Babbitt should be successful if used as a swing 4!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I like Babbitt, its just like i said before lol not many white guys succeed in the NBA. The Bulls have 2 of the better ones in the league though...in Hinrich and Brad Miller. lol That being said, i do think Babbitt could be different, he has a nice game from what i have seen....but i doubt we pick him.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Yea ManonNeptune, I think a better comparison is probably Luke Walton.

    I think he is a good playe, and possibly a good fit for us, but I think there are alot of good players that are a better fit or better talent for us at 17.

    Even if all the guards are gone, that means someone else will fall to us. I dont think he will be the BPA when we draft even if all the guards are gone.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    DEBATE:

    Somebody ask Doug to discuss trading Kirk Hinrich (to the Pacers?).

    Thanks.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hinrich + Taj FOR Troy Murphy

  • In reply to Csharp:

    No thanks, I'd rather have Taj. Murphy is Taj with a better shot, less defense, and 6 years. Not to mention about $10mil a year. Do we really want to get rid of Hinrich that badly?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I don't think he's a good fit for the Bulls. They already have Rob Kurz, and that's the type of player I think Babbit will end up being. He should be able to sapce the floor with his shooting ability, but those jab steps on the perimeter aren't getting him anywhere in the league.

    Luke Babbit would be a nice addition for the Hawks. Maurice Evans will opt out of his deal, and Babbit could be a nice player to pick up just in case Evans gets a offer that's too good to pass up. If he overachieves, he could even eat into the minutes of Marvin Willimas.

  • In reply to JimmyBulls:

    He is ten times better than Kurz!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Well, we hardly know that, yet. He certainly has the potential to be a lot better than Kurz, since Kurz has had plenty of opportunity and shown very little sign of competence at the NBA level.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Your right; he has the potential. However, he was higher ranked coming out of high school, higher ranked coming out of college, and is a lot more fluid, a better all-around game. He is not slow, he just does not have the lateral quickness to guard small forwards.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    that's 6 rebounds a game

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Why don't we just trade Kirk to Memphis and get Mike Conley and one of those picks in the late 20's? I hear they don't want all of those picks anyways..maybe we could snag Rudy Gay in the process...

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Why don't we just trade Kirk to Memphis and get Mike Conley and one of those picks in the late 20's? I hear they don't want all of those picks anyways..maybe we could snag Rudy Gay in the process...

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