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Luke Babbitt | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: Nevada
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Luke Babbitt will join the Pelicans for Las Vegas Summer League.
The Pelicans picked him up last season and he didn't disappoint those with realistic expectations. Babbitt put up a 24-point game on Apr. 12, but his role will decrease significantly with the team getting some healthy bodies back to start the 2014 season. Jun 13 - 11:52 AM

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Luke Babbitt hopes to play some small forward for the Pelicans next season.

"When I came into the league, I was known as a three and a four," Babbitt said. "It's just a matter of being able to guard the good threes and keep guys in front of me on the wing who are really athletic." Defensive lapses have prevented Babbitt from earning a larger role under coach Monty Williams, who said Babbitt had "trouble with [the Pelicans'] schemes, especially on the weak side." Even a handful of minutes at SF aren't likely to make him more than a 3-point specialist.
Jun 4 - 2:08 PM

Luke Babbitt hit three 3-pointers in Monday's win, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

Despite logging 32 minutes off the bench, Anthony Morrow (seven points, 3-of-10 FGs, one three, four boards, one block) couldn't keep pace with his fellow sharpshooter, and the duo will both be in the mix for 3-pointers, scoring and a smattering of other stats in Wednesday's finale.
Apr 14 - 11:30 PM

Luke Babbitt started for the short-handed Pelicans on Saturday and hit 8-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

If you had the foresight to put Babbitt in your lineup, go out and buy a lottery ticket right now. If he continues to start for the last couple games, feel free to use him, but don't expect him to do this again in either game. Little used Darius Miller also started, but scored just six points. Their lines could have easily been reversed tonight.
Apr 12 - 10:57 PM

Luke Babbitt, Anthony Morrow, Austin Rivers and Alexis Ajinca will start against the Rockets on Saturday.

They'll join Darius Miller in what is not exactly a powerhouse starting five. Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Tyreke Evans will move to the bench. Coach Monty Williams is running out of players, but at least he will have Tyreke off the bench. The only player really worth a look as a strong add is Morrow while Rivers should get enough run as a 14- and 16-team league guy.
Apr 12 - 7:55 PM

Luke Babbitt scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday.

With the Pelicans' injury report unraveling like a scroll onto the ground, owners can give Babbitt a look for 3-point shooting. Anthony Morrow hit just 1-of-9 shots tonight for five points, one steal and a three, and despite the poor showing he's well worth a look after a solid week or so.
Apr 12 - 12:54 AM

Luke Babbitt moved back to the bench for Monday's game vs. the Nets with five points and four boards in 17 minutes.

He played 28 minutes in a start on Saturday and moved back to a reserve role tonight. Babbitt won't be worth owning in almost any format and things will only get worse once Eric Gordon (knee) comes back.
Mar 25 - 12:50 AM

Luke Babbitt made his first start of the season on Saturday vs. the Heat, scoring 11 points, two boards, two assist and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

He set a season high in minutes and matched his best in points, which came on Friday night. Babbitt's spot in the starting lineup seems only temporary and Eric Gordon (knee) is only day-to-day. He only played 12 minutes on Friday and that's most likely where he'll be once EJ comes back.
Mar 22 - 11:34 PM

Luke Babbitt will start in place of Eric Gordon (knee) on Saturday night.

It makes sense with Tyreke Evans sliding over to shooting guard. Babbitt is coming off an 11-point game on Friday, but he's only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Mar 22 - 8:05 PM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams said that newcomer Luke Babbitt "doesn't understand the wing position," so he's had to keep Babbitt at power forward.

New Orleans' final 20 games should feature plenty of experimentation and player development, but Williams made it clear that he won't unleash guys like Babbitt, Darius Miller and Jeff Withey without a clear plan.
Mar 10 - 1:36 PM

Luke Babbitt scored 10 points in 27 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with five boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.

He's been solid and dropped a season high tonight. The Pelicans are using him in a similar fashion as Ryan Anderson, but he's still going to be enough of a liability to limit his minutes. However, Babbitt's contributions on treys does put him on the radar as a pickup in deep leagues.
Feb 13 - 1:33 AM

Luke Babbitt hit 2-of-4 shots (all threes) for six points, three rebounds and three blocks over 20 minutes on Monday against the Raptors.

This isn't a 'run and pick him up line' in most formats, but owners should watch Babbitt over the next few games because his outside shooting is desperately needed to space the floor for New Orleans. If he can work himself into a consistent role, he might find himself on the radar in fantasy leagues.
Feb 10 - 9:55 PM

Newly-acquired Pelicans SF Luke Babbitt scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from downtown on Sunday, while adding four rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes.

The Pelicans attempt the second-fewest 3-pointers of any team in the NBA (15.6 per game), yet they rank No. 2 in shooting percentage from downtown (38.2 percent, trailing only the Spurs). Perimeter shooting is Babbitt's specialty (36.5 percent for his career) so he's worth keeping an eye on if you're in need of 3-pointers.
Feb 9 - 9:13 PM

Luke Babbitt will be available for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Babbitt practiced with the Hawks on Tuesday after signing his contract and will be active for Wednesday's game against Atlanta. It's unclear exactly how much run Babbitt will see, but his fantasy value will mostly come for owners in deep leagues who are desperate for 3-pointers.
Feb 4 - 1:53 PM

Pelicans sign F Luke Babbitt.

Babbitt had most recently played with BC Nizhny Novgorod and will now rejoin the NBA after last playing for the Blazers in 2012-13. During his most recent stint with Portland, Babbitt averaged 3.9 points per game, so his fantasy upside is quite limited unless deep league owners are desperate for 3-pointers.
Feb 4 - 1:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Russ Smith
3Austin Rivers
4Jimmer Fredette
SG1Eric Gordon
2John Salmons
3Darius Miller
4Dionte Christmas
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Luke Babbitt
3Scotty Hopson
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey
4Patric Young