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CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft...draft rights were traded to Portland along with Ryan Gomes in exchange for Martell Webster on June 24, 2010…signed with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia on August 28, 2013…signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 4, 2014…re-signed to a multi-year contract by New Orleans on July 20, 2015…traded by the Pelicans to the Miami HEAT on July 10, 2016 in exchange for New Orleans’ own 2018 second-round draft pick that Miami had acquired on Feb. 18, 2016 in a trade involving Jarnell Stokes and cash considerations.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Has appeared in 263 NBA regular season games (38 starts) during his six-year career and has averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.5 minutes while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent from the foul line…has missed a total of seven games due to injury, 134 as a DNP-CD, 21 on D-League assignments and four games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list…has scored in double figures on 44 occasions, including four games with at least 20 points…his longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring games is nine (Mar. 26-Apr. 9, 2016)…has grabbed double-figure rebounds twice and has posted two double-doubles…his longest streak of consecutive games with a three-point field goal made is 14 (Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2014)…has hit multiple treys in a game 75 times…has shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in three of his six seasons, including each of the last two…55.9 percent of his field goal attempts are from three-point range…has seven multi-steal games and five multi-block games…has yet to appear in an NBA postseason game…has appeared in 17 NBA Development League regular season games (12 starts) and has averaged 20.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 30.1 minutes while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the foul line…scored in double figures 16 times in D-League play, including eight games with at least 20 points and three 30-point efforts…has grabbed double-figure rebounds five times and posted five double-doubles in D-League action…appeared in a total of 18 games with Nizhny Novgorod and averaged 13.3 points (.537 FG%, .830 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 17.7 minutes…scored in double figures on 11 occasions, including five games with at least 20 points.

2015-16 SEASON:
Appeared in 47 games (13 starts) for the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 7.0 points (.422 FG%, .780 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 18.0 minutes…missed a total of four games due to injury/illness and was a DNP-CD on 31 occasions…sat out the first two games of the season (Oct. 27-28) due to left hamstring tightness…missed one game (Mar. 7) with a left shin contusion and missed the season-finale (Apr. 13) due to stomach illness…set single-season career highs in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive and total rebounds, assists and minutes played…topped the Pelicans in scoring twice and in rebounds on five occasions…scored in double figures a career-high 15 times, including a career-high three 20-point efforts…scored in double figures in a career-high nine consecutive games from Mar. 26-Apr. 9…grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…matched his career high with five assists vs. Toronto on Mar. 26…Season Highs: 23 points (vs. Miami, Mar. 22), 10 rebounds (vs. Denver, Mar. 31), five assists (vs. Toronto, Mar. 26), two steals (twice), one block (seven times) and 37:45 minutes (at Milwaukee, Mar. 12).

2014-15 SEASON:
Saw action in 63 games (19 starts) for the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 4.1 points (.479 FG%, .684 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 13.2 minutes…missed three games (Nov. 4-10) with a left finger sprain and was a DNP-CD on 16 occasions…set single-season career highs in in games played, starts, three-point field goal percentage and steals and tied his single-season career high in blocks…topped the Pelicans in points twice and in rebounds once…scored in double figures on seven occasions…59.9 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…appeared in his 200th career NBA game on Feb. 27 vs. Miami…Season Highs: 18 points (vs. Toronto, Feb. 23), eight rebounds (twice), two assists (six times), two steals (twice), two blocks (twice) and 34:05 minutes (vs. Indiana, Feb. 11).

2013-14 SEASON:
Split the season between Nizhny Novgorod of Russia and the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA…appeared in 27 games (two starts) for the Pelicans and averaged 6.3 points (.390 FG%, .778 FT%), 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 17.5 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on eight occasions…set a single-season career high in blocked shots…led the team in scoring and rebounds one time each…scored in double figures on seven occasions, including one 20-point performance…hit at least one three-point field goal in a career-high 14 consecutive games from Nov. 29-Dec. 23…scored a career- and team-high 24 points at Houston on Apr. 12…handed out a career-high five assists at Oklahoma City on Apr. 11…had a career-high three blocks at Toronto on Feb. 10…appeared in a total of 18 games with Nizhny Novgorod and averaged 13.3 points (.537 FG%, .830 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 17.7 minutes…scored in double figures on 11 occasions, including five games with at least 20 points…in nine Eurocup games with Nizhny Novgorod he averaged 13.2 points (.586 FG%, .857 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 16.1 minutes…in nine VTB United League games with Nizhny Novgorod he averaged 13.3 points (.494 FG%, .813 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 19.3 minutes…NBA Season Highs: 24 points (at Houston, Apr. 12), eight rebounds (vs. Houston, Apr. 16), five assists (at Oklahoma City, Apr. 11), three blocks (at Toronto, Feb. 10), two steals (vs. Utah, Mar. 28) and 34:11 minutes (at Houston, Apr. 12).

2012-13 SEASON:
Came off the bench in all 62 games in which he appeared for the Portland Trail Blazers and averaged 3.9 points (.368 FG%, .769 FT%), 2.2 rebounds and 11.8 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on 20 occasions…set single-season career highs in both three-point field goals made and attempted…ranked fourth on the Blazers in both three-point field goals made and attempted…a career-high 76.1 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…scored in double figures on seven occasions…had a single-season career-high 19 multi-trey games…Season Highs: 14 points (vs. Denver, Dec. 20), eight rebounds (vs. Denver, Dec. 20), two assists (five times), one steal (14 times), one block (five times) and 27:01 minutes (vs. Sacramento, Dec. 8).

2011-12 SEASON:
Split the season between the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League…appeared in 40 games (four starts) for the Portland Trail Blazers during the lockout shortened season and averaged 5.1 points (.410 FG%, .850 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 13.4 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury…missed 23 games as a DNP-CD and three while on a D-League assignment…led the Blazers in three-point field goal percentage…57.8 percent of his field goal attempts were from three-point range…was one of five NBA players to make at least two three-pointers and shoot at least 40 percent from three-point range in seven consecutive games (Mar. 9-20)…topped the Blazers in steals once…scored in double figures seven times…made his first career NBA start at Phoenix on Apr. 16 and tallied a season-high 18 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39:21 of action…started all three games in which he appeared for the Stampede and averaged 21.0 points (.453 FG%, .750 FT%), 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.00 steals and 35.3 minutes…scored in double figures in all three games, including one 30-point effort…grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…NBA Season Highs: 18 points (at Phoenix, Apr. 16), seven rebounds (at Memphis, Apr. 21), two assists (four times), two steals (twice), one block (four times) and 41:29 minutes (at Memphis, Apr. 21).

2010-11 SEASON:
Split the season between the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League…came off the bench in all 24 games in which he appeared with the Trail Blazers and averaged 1.5 points (.273 FG%, .333 FT%), 1.3 rebounds and 5.7 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but sat out 36 games as a DNP-CD, 18 games while on D-League assignments (Dec. 8-18 and Mar. 3-28) and four games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list…scored in double figures once…grabbed double-figure-rebounds once and posted one double-double…made his NBA debut on Nov. 1 at Chicago and had two points in 4:24 of action…grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at Golden State on Apr. 13…appeared in 14 games (nine starts) for the Stampede and averaged 20.1 points (.513 FG%, .881 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 29.0 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD once (Mar. 26 at Austin)…scored in double figures 13 times with Idaho, including seven games with at least 20 points and a pair of 30-point performances…grabbed double-figure rebounds on four occasions and amassed four double-doubles…NBA Season Highs: 11 points (at Golden State, Apr. 13), 11 rebounds (at Golden State, Apr. 13), three assists (at Golden State, Apr. 13), one steal (twice), one block (twice) and 33:20 minutes (at Golden State, Apr. 13).

Played two seasons at the University of Nevada-Reno before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft after his sophomore season…started all 68 games for the Wolf Pack during his two-year career and averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 34.9 minutes while shooting 48 percent from the floor, 42.1 percent from three-point range and 89.3 percent from the foul line…finished his career ranked among the Wolf Pack’s all-time leaders in free throw percentage (1st), three-point field goal percentage (5th) and points (12th)…became the eighth player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career…was named the 2010 WAC Player of the Year and earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore in 2009-10 after averaging 21.9 points (.500 FG%, .917 FT%), 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.03 steals and 37.1 minutes in 34 games…broke the Wolf Pack single-season scoring record as a sophomore, finishing with 743 points…also set school single-season records in both free throw percentage and free throws made in 2009-10…led the team in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage in 2009-10 while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage and third in assists…led the WAC in double-doubles and ranked second in both points and rebounding…ranked third in the country in free throw percentage and ninth in scoring…scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in Nevada’s Opening Round WAC Tournament game vs. New Mexico State on Mar. 12, 2010…became Nevada’s first men’s basketball student-athlete to earn Academic All-American honors…averaged 16.9 points (.456 FG%, .864 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 32.6 minutes in 34 games as a freshman in 2008-09…was named the 2009 WAC Freshman of the Year and earned First Team All-WAC honors as a freshman…set Nevada’s single-season freshman records for scoring (573 points), free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage (.429)…led the Wolf Pack in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage as a freshman and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage…ranked third in the WAC in both scoring (second nationally among freshmen) and rebounding.

Full name is Luke Robert Babbitt…is the son of Bob and Laura Babbitt…has two sisters (Layne and Leah)…married his wife, Kara, in August of 2013…majored in Business Management at Nevada…was born in Cincinnati and his family moved to Reno, Nevada when he was nine years old…in his free time he enjoys spending time with family, watching baseball and football, attending church and playing golf, tennis and ping pong…his favorite sport other than basketball is baseball and he’s a fan of the Cincinnati Reds…won the 2007 Nevada state championship at Galena High School and became just the third player in Nevada prep history to be named a McDonald’s All-American…set the Nevada high school career scoring record…was a three-time All-State performer and a two-time recipient of the Gatorade Player of the Year Award (2007 and 2008) for the state of Nevada…wears size 14.5 sneakers.
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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 225 lbs./ 102.1 kg
Born: June 20, 1989
From: University of Nevada, Reno
Draft: 1st Round (16th pick) 2010 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2010
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  New Orleans Pelicans 2014 - 2015
  Portland Trail Blazers 2013 - 2013
  New Orleans Pelicans 2013 - 2013
  Portland Trail Blazers 2010 - 2012
Prior to NBA/Country: Nevada/USA

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