The Curious Disappearance of Luke Babbit

luke babbit (hawks.com)
Luke Babbit (Hawks.com)

Luke Babbitt hasn’t been playing as of late. Luke Babbitt is a great 3 point specialist who spreads the floor and is perfect for Mike Budenholzer’s system. But why hasn’t he seen the floor lately? Luke Babbitt has the ability to hit open jump shots and is a great stretch forward on the court. Luke is averaging 6.5 points per game, but could be higher due to his lack of playing time.

Luke Babbitt has had several great showings early on in the season.

November 1, 2017 vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Luke Babbitt scored 16 points off of 7/12 shooting in 25 mins. This game was like a break out game for Luke, with this being his first double digit scoring game of the season.

The very next game on November 3rd against the Houston Rockets, Luke had 12 points in 27 minutes off of 4/5 shooting , 4/4 from the three point line.

The game after that on November 5th, Luke scored 17 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was 6/13 from the field and 4/8 from the three point line in 42 minutes of play.

November 10th against the Detroit Pistons he scored only 11 points but he was 4/5 from the field and 2/3 from the three point line, in 27 minutes of play.

November 13th against the New Orleans Pelicans he scored 12 points off of 4/9 shooting from the three point line in 30 minutes of play.

November 15th, against the Sacramento Kings, Luke scored 13 points in only 11 minutes of play going 3/4 from the three point line and 5/7 from the field.

November 18th, Luke scored 11 points but only went 3/9 from the three point line and 4/12 from the field.

December 2ndin 21 minutes of play Luke scored 20 points on 7/9 shooting from the field and 4/6 from the three point line. Those 20 points were his season high.

As you can see Luke Babbitt is very valuable. When the Hawks signed him in the summer I thought he would be here for leadership and veteran experience. Luke Babbitt is 28 years old and is on a one year $1,974,159 contract. Not sure what Atlanta is gonna do with him at the trade deadline or at the end of the season, but I do know is that he deserves more playing time.

 

Ryan Thurman | @StrokeGame24

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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