Terry Stotts Has to Decide Luke Babbitt's Future With Portland Trail Blazers

By John Raffel
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Babbitt had a handful of games in double digits this season. But after three seasons of being a bench player with limited minutes, it’s hard to see what his future value to the Portland Trail Blazers franchise might be.

That’s what Coach Terry Stotts has to decide.

Babbitt has been a role player for the Blazers at his forward position. He took a step backward this season with 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

In his first season with Portland two years ago, Babbitt was only in 24 games and averaged 5.7 minutes per outing along with 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 27.3 percent. It was a surprise that he came back for a second year but he actually saw 13.4 minutes, plus 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. He shot a decent 43 percent from the floor.

This season, Babbitt was in 62 games with 11.8 minutes 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, and 36.8 percent shooting from the floor. His minutes per game varied and at times he never saw action.

But he had two strong games in early April when the Trial Blazers were fighting for their playoff lives. He saw 27 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks and shot 4-of-10 from the floor and 2-of 7 in 3-pointers for 10 points and had six rebounds. The next game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he was 4-of-5 from the floor in 22 minutes, and also 4-of-5 from the line for 12 points and had five rebounds. So he has shown promise at times.

Babbitt has yet to show himself to be much of an impact player, which could jeopardize his chance for a fourth NBA season.

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