2010 NBA Draft: Luke Babbitt Is the Most Overrated Prospect

June 24th, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »
Every year there is a prospect who flies under the radar but rises quickly as the draft nears and once the workouts begin. Last year, James Harden rose to the third spot in the draft, and in the past players such as Alexis Ajinca and Joe Alexander rose as they impressed in workouts with their talents.

This year's version is Luke Babbitt. Hailed by virtually every draft expert in the country as one of the best under-the-radar draft prospects, Babbitt has risen on nearly every draft board in the NBA, impressing scouts with a sweet jump shot and good smarts. 

The only problem is that Luke Babbitt cannot play defense at all. He has the length to guard power forwards in the post, but lacks any semblance of footwork or the strength needed to check any post up threat in the NBA.

Against small forwards, while he has adequate size, he lacks the quickness needed to stay in front of them as his absence of lateral mobility will be exposed in the NBA.

A terrific offensive game means nothing if the offense consistently punishes him on the defensive end every game. Only transcendent offensive players can make that combination work and Babbitt i ...

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