Although the Hawks didn’t have a major Free Agent acquisition or make a notable trade, there were a few solid contributors added during the Summer. One of the free agents acquired was Veteran Forward, Luke Babbitt. Babbitt, who was previously on the Miami Heat, is one of the league’s most under-rated three point shooters! He can knock down shots from behind the arc whether in the clutch or just on a consistent basis.
Babbitt brings the elite ability to create space on the floor for teammates and although he’s not the instant scoring threat like Kyle Korver was in his Hawks tenure, you don’t want to give him a Open look! An advantage Babbitt has over Korver is the ability to contribute offensively outside of scoring and a space creator, he’ll attack the basket as well.
Unlike previous Hawks, Babbitt isn’t a one dimensional player and if Coach Bud can give him a chance to excel in the Pick & Roll offense, that could help the system in a big way. He’s also not the normal defender we’ve seen similar to Thabo Sefolosha and other forwards; however, he can contribute rebounds on Both sides of the court.
In comparison to the 2014-15 roster, the Hawks are looking for players who can spread the floor and create opportunities for anyone to be involved offensively whether it’s scoring or other important aspects. In order for the Hawks to return to that form, guys like Babbitt who are role players designed to excel in pass first offensive schemes can provide a boost nightly.
Will Babbitt post 25+ points a night on a consistent basis? No, that’s not his style! However, he’s posted a few 20+ point contests throughout his NBA Career. Although he only averaged (4) points, (2) rebounds, and (.5) assist per contest, his impact was provided away from the scoring sheets. In Atlanta, he’ll get the opportunity to contribute on the scoreboard in a pass friendly scheme such as Mike Budenholzer’s offense. Can Babbitt provide a impact for the 2017-18 Hawks? We’ll see but wouldn’t it be amazing if his breakout season was in Atlanta?!
Personally, my average ceiling for Luke is around (10) Points Per Game, (8) Rebounds, and three assists per game when you factor his offensive impact and how the Hawks offense will provide opportunities for Babbitt to produce. If he continues to play his style of basketball at a high level and familiarize himself with Atlanta’s excellent ball movement offense, he could provide a major impact!
Babbitt gives Schroder another outside shooter to find when he’s attacking the paint. Adding guys like him won’t turn the Hawks around immediately; however, this is a place for him to possibly make a name for years to come whether it’s in a Hawks uniform or as a role player around the NBA in the future!
Although Babbitt has room for improvement, playing in a Hawks uniform, the offense gives him the chance to make an impact nightly. We look forward to what Babbitt contributes to the roster!