The Atlanta Hawks signed Small Forward, Luke Babbitt to a one year, $1.9 million contract today. Babbitt is entering his 8th season in the NBA after stints in Portland, New Orleans, and Miami. Last season, he posted a career high (87) three-pointers, (20) steals and (11) blocked shots as well, and was the leader in the +/- category for the Heat. Babbitt posted (4.8) points per game, (2.1) rebounds per game, shot (41.4%) from behind the arc, and (40%) from the field during the season. He’s quietly been one of the best three pointer shooters in the NBA over the last three years shooting (43.8%), which is third best in the league only former Hawks guard Kyle Korver and J.J Reddick has a better percentage.
Babbitt started 55 of his 68 games for Miami after a injury plagued season; however, he was a productive role player and well known for his outside shooting as a big man and has the ability to create space on the floor during the game, which earned him starts for the rebuilding Miami Heat. Notable games last season for Babbitt was in a January 13th loss against the Milwaukee Bucks was posting a career high (16) Points, (4) rebounds, (2) blocks and (2) assists knocking down four threes. Another was in a victory against Atlanta on February 22nd as he posted (12) points and (6) rebounds.
|Luke Babbitt #5 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics on March 26, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images)|
He’s a great addition to Coach Budenholzer’s system with the loss of Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha in Free Agency. Joining another team in the midst of a rebuild in Atlanta, Babbitt could earn minutes as a role player for the Hawks as first round pick John Collins will need grooming in his rookie season, Ersan Ilasoya is also on the roster as well but Babbitt brings another stretch forward to a system that focus on ball movement and spacing. He’s going to make a positive impact in helping a very young Hawks roster learn how to expand the space for their shooters in game situations. Should be exciting to watch Babbitt’s impact for the 2017-18 NBA season.
Welcome to Atlanta, Luke Babbitt!!