NEW YORK, Mar. 3, 2011 – Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede, Portland’s NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 41st time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Babbitt, a rookie out of Nevada-Reno.
Babbitt (6-9, 225) was first assigned on Dec. 8. He averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over four games with Idaho before being recalled. Babbitt has appeared in 21 games for the Trail Blazers this season, averaging 1.1 points in 4.8 minutes.
Portland acquired Babbitt in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him as an early-entry candidate in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Nevada, Babbitt averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 68 games. As a sophomore, Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors.
Babbitt joins the Stampede in anticipation of the team’s game at Sioux Falls on Thursday. Trail Blazers fans can keep track of Babbitt and the Stampede by logging onto NBA.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.