Which, naturally, automatically means he can’t play defense, has zero lateral quickness, isn’t explosive, doesn’t have a true position, is a “tweener”, can’t keep up with elite athletes, and can’t do any of the awesome things he did in college at the next level.
Because if he did, the world would stop spinning.
If he, or anyone else for that matter, actually did live up to those ungodly Larry Bird, Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Barry, or Detlef Schrempf comparisons, the NBA as we know it would cease to exist.
Come on, people. Let’s give it a rest.
NBA experts, fans, and writers, can we all just agree on something? White guys are not all the rage in the NBA.
You don’t like them, don’t respect them, and damn sure don’t appreciate them.
Either they can’t dunk, or they can and they can’t shoot. Or they’re really quick, but have a terrible handle. Or they have the best offensive game you’ve ever seen, but can’t cover a rock.
Whatever it is you want to say about Babbitt, let it out. It’s old news. It’s been said before. Because, really, who cares if he can’t play defense?
I mean, who does in the NBA? Even LeBron James isn’t actually that great of a defender. Don’t give me some line about his steals per 48 minutes or his one block off of the glass in every three games.
That isn’t an elite defender. That’s an appearance on a highlight reel every now and then. Allen Iverson routinely was near the top of the league in steals, but was he really an elite defender? No, he wasn’t.
Heck, even J.J. Redick has shown of late that some hard work and a tough attitude can help you play decent defense in this league.
Is Dirk Nowitzki an elite defender? No, so let’s drop this “he can’t play defense, so he’s gotta be a role player” crap.
Luke Babbitt can flat-out shoot the ball, create his own shot, tear down boards off the glass, and run the floor.
Case closed. The kid is good, and he belongs in the lottery. And at the very worst, he’s a top-20 pick.
But, of course, there’s that crap about him being another version of Adam Morrison. Why, because he’s white, was awesome in college, played for a small school, and has a shag hair-cut?
Yes, Babbitt is crafty, versatile, and a scoring machine. But he doesn’t have a mustache, actually cut down his shag, and is a tenacious rebounder and much better passer than Morrison.
Starting Adam Morrison tanget…
But before I finish off why Babbitt is ten times better than you, Stephen A. Smith, or any other hater pretends he is, let me say this:
Adam Morrison is not a conventional bust. Comparing a player to him should not be an insult.
The guy was actually tearing up the league in his rookie year. It was his first season. He was scoring in double figures almost every night, routinely topping 20 points, and developing a closer mentality.
And this was in Charlotte as he played for the friggin’ Bobcats, who were terrible at the time, and were widely known for their horrible team offense.
He was on a team and in a city that never truly embraced him, respected him, or appreciated him.
From the start, he was yanked in and out of the starting lineup, benched, served inconsistent minutes, and eventually half-way run out of town toward the end of his rookie season.
Then, before he had the chance to redeem himself from fate’s ugly hand, he was served a hot, heaping bowl of bad luck.
The guy tore his ACL running out to defend Luke Walton in the pre-season. After he fought his way back and managed even the smallest amount of confidence in his surgically repaired knee, Larry Brown killed his mustache/high-knee sockmojo with repeated benchings and sporadic minutes.
If you’re not biased or already a Morrison hater, a look at his rookie tape, his injury, and his situations on the Bobcats and Lakers the past three years tells the true story.
Seriously, isn’t this the same bust that tore up summer league in 2009 for 20+ points per game? Check it out, folks, because the answer is, “hell yes”.
In other words, don’t call Luke Babbitt white. Don’t knock him for something so stupid like defense when his offense is literally better than just about everyone in this entire NBA Draft not named Evan Turner.
Play the “Player A vs Player B game” and you’ll find the truth. And the worst part is, my small voice, my small stature as a writer, has said this before.
Luke Babbitt is not Adam Morrison. He’s Luke Babbitt.
But if he were Adam Morrison, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. He’d just actually need a fair shake.