Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Luke Babbitt has ‘ultra green light’ from 3-point range

The Miami Heat's Luke Babbitt, right, drives against the Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the fourth quarter of preseason action at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. The Heat won, 121-100. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

The Miami Heat’s Luke Babbitt, right, drives against the Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the fourth quarter of preseason action at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. The Heat won, 121-100. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was disappointed Luke Babbitt shot just nine threes in Tuesday’s win over the Kings.

“I’m still waiting for him to get his 10 threes off in a game,” Spoelstra said with a smile after Thursday’s practice. “That was a major disappointment the other night.”

Luke Babbitt's shot chart for the season (From NBA.com)

Luke Babbitt’s shot chart for the season (From NBA.com)

Since the start of training camp, Spoelstra has urged Babbitt to shoot as many open threes as he can. The 27-year-old has followed his coach’s orders for the most part, as Babbitt has scored 27 of his 30 points this season off three-pointers.

Babbitt is 9-of 24 on threes and 1-of-6 on twos this season. Of players who have played more than 10 minutes per game, Babbitt leads the NBA with 90 percent of his points coming on three-pointers.

“There is not a bad (three) for him,” Spoelstra said of Babbitt. “For other guys, yeah they have a little bit more discretion. For him, I want him having that ultra green light.”

Spoelstra won’t be satisfied until Babbitt shoots 10 threes in a game. Babbitt’s career-high for three-pointers attempted in a game is 10, when he made 2-of-10 threes against Golden State when he was with Portland on Jan. 11, 2013.

“He can’t get one more up?,” Spoelstra asked with a chuckle after Babbitt shot nine threes on Tuesday. “How many minutes do you need?”

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