Selected No. 16 by the Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Portland)
NBA Position: Small/Power Forward
Hometown: Reno, NV
High School: Galena
NBA Comparison: Nick Collison
Strengths: Luke decided to stay close to home and commit to Nevada despite offers coming from big name schools such of Arizona. The Wolfpack have welcomed his silky smooth game ever since. Babbitt is a two year starter and his production is up across the board from a year ago. He possesses a fluid left-handed stroke that reminds many of former NBA player Chris Mullin. He is adapt at the triple threat, torturing defender with jab-steps, and pump fake getting them off balance before he even puts the ball on the deck. With the ball on the deck Babbitt has a knack to get to the rim, notwithstanding the fact that he’s not the most athletic player on the floor. He shows enough upper body strength to clear the glass.
Weaknesses: Babbitt’s lack of athleticism hampers him on the defensive end when guarding players who are quicker than or just as quick as he is. Doesn’t defend the pick and roll well, he is often caught in no mans land. Despite his great footwork, he is reluctant to play with his back to the basket. He hasn’t shown the ability to pass out of the low post, and he struggles even more when a double team presents itself. Even with his good dribbling skills, Babbitt will dribble himself into unnecessary traffic in the half court, and will attempt to lead the transition game off of his own rebound which far to often results in a turnover. Babbitt might be better served remaining at the college level for one more year.