Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt (8) reacts on the court prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Former Trail Blazer Luke Babbitt Wants Out of Russia


Well, well, well, it seems Lucas the Babbitt is generating interest from at least one NBA team (Perhaps the city of Seattle is pranking him?). He left Nizhny Novgorod without warning and royally miffed his Russian overlords. Apparently signing a one year deal and backing out before six months are through is frowned upon in the VTB United League. Understandably, NN has denied his transition request and will fight to retain his rights through the playoffs and EuroBasket.

Honestly, I’m a little surprised that an NBA team would be interested in his services just yet. Luke Babbitt was never a stud in the NBA, and he hasn’t fared any better than the average player in Russia. Babbitt is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with Nizhny Novgorod so far this season. That’s about equivalent to the production of Utah’s Alec Burks, but in a significantly less competitive league.

Oops— I seem to have spilled some Haterade on my keyboard. The former Trail Blazer has every right to want to play in the NBA. However; contractually, he’ll have to be more patient. Quitting on one’s team is among the more egregious offenses a player can commit, regardless of where they are playing. If nothing else, this premature abandonment indicates that he has more growing to do before he is ready to contribute in the NBA again.

In three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Luke Babbitt averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Even if he were able to double his production after a few short months in an Ushanka, he would be little more than a hindrance to his new squad. Chances are, very little will come of this state-side. Babbitt will be reprimanded accordingly by Zoran Lukic (NN Head Coach) and fade deeper into obscurity.



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  • blazerfan808

    Its gotta be rough over there for him. I am sure most of these young guys are going through culture shock. I saw nolan smith expressing some distaste for the euro experience as well. might be a little easier for him, atleast he has josh selby to hang with. good find. curious to see wear babbit ends up.

    • David MacKay

      I’m sure he’ll end up on an NBA team eventually. I’d like to see more growth from him first, though. He has Dunleavy type potential, but a poor man’s Dunleavy doesn’t belong in the NBA. He has to approach his ceiling.

      • blazerfan808

        i dont think there has ever been an un-sexier series of words uttered, “poor man’s dunleavy”. the new orleans fans don’t need another reason not to buy tickets. although, ant davis is a complete stud, a ray of hope. hope babbit does his due diligence and somehow just finishes out there year in russia strong.

      • Shawn

        Yeah David, lol you’re probably such a sports guy… based on the popularity of this article you may look into maybe going pro in basketball cuz it sure isn’t cutting it here as a “journalist”
        -Shawn Pages

  • Shawn

    Your article is lame dude. is this your first article you’ve ever written?

  • Shawn

    I think David MacGay is feeling the internal pressure of not developing as a decent “journalist” so he has to poke fun at players in hopes of stirring up enough buzz so his boss can see and maybe decide to keep him on the news team… sad thing is that i don’t think its gonna cut it. Sorry David, this artcle should be on the onion because its an absolute joke that anybody would actually pay you to come up with an article like this. “haterade” must have just spilled over my keyboard too man sorry lol

  • Draftdog

    David, don’t pay any attention to Shawn. He is probably one of those little internet geeks that likes to bad mouth people he doesn’t have to face. If you faced him down he would probably wet himself.

    I did however, think you were a little tough on poor Babbs.