Hi Pelican fans, on the fourth season review now and we’re now on the spot up shooting Stretch 4 Luke Babbitt. Babbitt was signed by the Pelicans on February 4th, leaving his Russian team Nizhny Novgorod on controversial circumstances. Babbitt was brought in due to injuries in the back court and was only brought in too shoot 3’s and stretch the floor, he filled that role perfectly.
27 games played (2 starts)
17.5 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.4 bpg, 0.3 spg
Per 36 Stats:
12.9 Ppg 6.7 rpg 2.2 apg 0.5 spg 0.8 bpg
Babbitt was signed to do one job and he did it, and he did it pretty well. Babbitt shot .379% from deep and shot .462% from corner Three. Babbitt shot the ball well and took a lot of good shots, never really forced shots always let them come to him which was good. Played the game and fit the Pelicans plays like a Smaller Ryan Anderson.
Only shooting .390 % from the field OVERALL, this was the worst field goal percentage on the team. When Babbitt was being ran of the 3pt line he really wasn’t that efficient and shooting a low field goal percentage like that proves it.
Shooting 33% from within 10-16 feet, this was the main reason his field goal percentage was so low, Babbitt usually would take fadeaways or runners or even some dribble pull ups from that area. Some of them looked good and went in the others, erm looked awkward.
Babbitt has a team option this year which the Pelicans will most likely pick up for the following year. What role do you Expect Babbitt to play in the Pelicans campaign next year? Well to be honest more than likely a rotation player who will average between 8 to 15 Minutes per game, you’ve got to remember that the player Babbitt was brought into replace is a lot better than Babbitt and if fully healthy will probably take a lot of Babbitt’s minutes. Babbitt will definitely be on the squad and will be a vital part off the bench but role will decrease.
Babbitt did exactly what the Pelicans needed him to do and signed him for and did it well. Did he do more than anybody expected? No, but he did nothing less either, he has definitely improved his game over that last few years. Babbitt’s most under rated part of his game is how good of defender he actually is. Babbitt ranked 66th in defending isolations which occurred 25% of the time when the player he was guarding shot, Babbitt held the shooting player to a terrible 26% field goal when guarding isolation, these are crazy for a guy who was flagged for being a poor defender. Babbitt proved those guys wrong and then some!
To summarise he has a very solid campaign with the Pelicans and even though his role and minutes will decrease next year he will still be important for the Pelicans and bench rotations moving forward!
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