Ridnour with the Timberwolves
|No. 13 – Charlotte Bobcats|
February 13, 1981 |
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Blaine (Blaine, Washington)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Lukas Robin "Luke" Ridnour (born February 13, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and grew up in Blaine, Washington.
High school career
He is the son of Rob Ridnour, a former high school basketball coach and current coach of the International Basketball League's Bellingham Slam. When Luke was a high-school sophomore he was given the keys to the gym by his father to practice at night. He was on two state title-winning teams at Blaine High School, and was named a high school All-American by both McDonald's and Parade in 2000 his graduating year.
Ridnour went on to star at the University of Oregon, where he teamed with Luke Jackson to take the Ducks to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament twice including the Elite 8 in 2002. He set the school season record for assists (218) and made a conference-record 62 consecutive free throws. Luke averaged 19.7 points per game and 6.6 assist per game. Ridnour left Oregon after his junior year, when he was Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Luke was picked 14th in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Luke played sparingly his rookie season, but became the starting point guard for the Sonics in the 2004–05 season. He participated in the 2005 All-Star weekend, playing in the Rookie Challenge and in the Skills Challenge.
On August 13, 2008, Ridnour was involved in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Sonics (which had become the Oklahoma City Thunder), the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent Milwaukee's Mo Williams to Cleveland, Cleveland's Joe Smith and Milwaukee's Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City, Cleveland's Damon Jones and Ridnour and Adrian Griffin to Milwaukee, which ended Ridnour's five-year run with the Sonics/Thunder.
Return to Milwaukee Bucks
On February 20, 2014, Ridnour was traded to Charlotte along with Gary Neal in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. On April 12,2014,Luke Ridnour added 12 points and eight assists as the Bobcats won their fourth straight game at home on filling in for the injured Kemba Walker.
Ridnour is a Christian. Ridnour has spoken about his faith saying, "Even though I now have more success, fame, and money than I ever dreamed, my relationship with God is the only thing that brings me true peace and satisfaction. ... Don’t settle for temporary satisfaction when you can have it for eternity [in Heaven]."
NBA career statistics
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- Luke Ridnour – Yahoo!.com
- "Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Wolves Sign Free Agent Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Bucks Acquire Luke Ridnour in a Three Team Deal". NBA.com. July 11, 2013.
- Bobcats Acquire Neal, Ridnour from Bucks in Exchange for Sessions, Adrien
- "Luke Ridnour".