Rudy Fernández (basketball)

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Rudy Fernández
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Fernández with Real Madrid
No. 5 – Real Madrid
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1985-04-04) April 4, 1985 (age 29)
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Nationality Spanish
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2008 DKV Joventut (Spain)
20082011 Portland Trail Blazers
2011 Real Madrid (Spain)
2011–2012 Denver Nuggets
2012–present Real Madrid (Spain)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Rodolfo "Rudy" Fernández y Farrés (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈruði ferˈnandeθ]; born April 4, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Spanish League's Real Madrid. He is a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1] tall shooting guard/small forward. He is also a member of the senior men's Spanish national team.

Professional career[edit]

DKV Joventut (2002–2008)[edit]

In the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona with DKV Jouventut at the quarterfinals of Liga ACB during the 2007–08 season.

Rudy Fernández won the 2005 and 2007 Catalan Tournaments, the 2006 EuroChallenge championship, the 2008 Spanish King's Cup championship, and the 2008 Eurocup championship while playing with DKV Joventut of the Spanish ACB League. He also won numerous personal awards while playing with DKV Joventut, such as the 2004 Spanish King's Cup MVP, the 2006 EuroChallenge Final Four MVP, the Euroleague 2006–07 season's Rising Star award, the 2008 Spanish King's Cup MVP, the 2008 Eurocup Finals MVP, and the 2007 Catalan Tournament Final MVP.

He was also named the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.[2] In July 2007, his contract with Joventut was extended through the year 2011, however his contract was bought out early in the year 2008 so that he could join the NBA. On his exit out of the club he paid tribute to his DKV coach, Aito Garcia Reneses, "All I know of basketball is thanks to Aito Garcia Reneses,” he said.[3]

NBA career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers (2008–2011)[edit]

On June 28, 2007, Fernández was taken 24th overall in the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, who subsequently traded his draft rights along with James Jones to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash. Rudy Fernández announced at a press conference on Friday, June 6, 2008, that he would leave DKV Joventut to join the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2008–09 NBA season, and he signed a contract with the Blazers on July 1.[4] "They [Portland] have shown a lot of interest in getting me and have assured me that I will be an important part in the team,” he said.[3] Fernández joined the NBA team on September 22, 2008.[5] He became the eighth Spaniard to play in the NBA.[3] For the 2008–09 NBA season he joined several other fellow Spaniards in the league that included Pau and Marc Gasol, Jose Calderón, and Trail Blazers teammate Sergio Rodríguez. He entered the NBA following his participation with the Spanish national team at the 2008 Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing, China.[4][6]

Fernández played in his first regular-season NBA game on October 28, 2008, coming off the bench to score 16 points in a 96–76 Portland loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.[7] On November 12, 2008; Rudy scored 25 points in 29 minutes against the Miami Heat, including 8 of 8 from the free throw line adding to his already 92% FT shooting to set a new NBA career high.[8] On January 18, 2009, it was announced that Fernández had won the fan voting to pick the fourth dunker to go to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2009 All-Star Weekend.[9][10] During the contest, he paid tribute to the late Trail Blazer Fernando Martín by wearing his #10 jersey.[11] Fernández was eliminated in the first round of the competition, after what some thought was biased judging.[12][13]

On March 9, 2009, against the Los Angeles Lakers, Fernández was taken off the court in a stretcher after being fouled hard by Laker Trevor Ariza in the third quarter. The play resulted in a flagrant foul and ejection for Ariza.[14] Fernández was alert and conscious when leaving the court with full movement of his extremities, however, he was taken to the hospital due to chest pain.[15] He was released from the hospital the next day with a bruised chest and a right hip pointer.[16]

Fernández was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team on April 30, 2009. He set NBA rookie records for number of three-point field goals made (159), hitting a three-point field goal in 33 consecutive games, and making a three-pointer in his first 20 career NBA games.[17]

On October 16, 2009, Blazers announced that they had exercised the third year of their option on Fernández's contract, keeping him with the team through the 2010–11 season.[18]

In December 2009, Fernández underwent microdiscectomy surgery for a herniated disc that was causing leg pain.[19]

On August 20, 2010 Fernández was fined $25,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA," a day after his agent publicly demanded a trade from the Blazers.[20] On December 17, 2010 he hit 9-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for a career-high 26 points with six assists in a 107–102 win against Minnesota.[21] Fernandez along with teammate Patty Mills donated 50% of the proceeds from their jerseys sales, throughout the month of January, to help those affected by the floods in Australia.[22] Fernández had a season-high eight assists on January 22 to go with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes off the bench as a PG in the 97–92 win against Indiana.[23][24] Disappointed Fernández and his team, for the third consecutive time, exited the first round of the playoffs, this time against the Dallas Mavericks. Fernández struggled offensively for a good part of the year, but his improved play in other areas of the game has earned him praise from his peers. Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, who isn't known to hand out compliments easily, singled out his defensive play in the second half of Game 4 against the Mavericks as the key to the 84–82 win.[25]

Denver Nuggets (2011–2012)[edit]

During the 2011 NBA Draft Rudy Fernández was traded to the Mavericks in a three-team trade.[26] However, he never played for the Mavericks, as he was traded with Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets on December 13, 2011. The Mavericks received a second-round draft pick.[27]

He played 31 games for Denver before suffering a season-ending back injury. In July 2012, Fernández announced he would not return to the NBA, opting for a 3-year deal with Real Madrid Baloncesto.[28]

Return to Europe[edit]

Real Madrid (2012–present)[edit]

On September 21, 2011, Fernández signed a one-year contract with the Liga ACB team Real Madrid, valid only while a new NBA collective bargaining agreement remained under negotiation.[29] Fernández signed for a reported salary of €2.7 million euros net income per season, the largest contract in Spanish league history, at that time. His deal also gave him the option to return to Real when his NBA contract ended.[30]

On July 4, 2012, Fernández returned to Real Madrid by signing a three-year deal[31] worth €9 million euros net income.[32]

Spanish national team[edit]

Junior national team[edit]

Fernández has been participating in international basketball competitions since he was sixteen years old. He played at the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship with the Spanish national junior team.

Senior national team[edit]

Rudy at the EuroBasket 2011.

As a member of the senior Spanish national basketball team, Fernández competed at the 2004 Olympics Basketball Tournament, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes. The next year, he played at the EuroBasket 2005, but his statistics were worse: 2.7 points in 16.3 minutes with a 31.6% FG%[33] His third appearance with Spain's senior national team was at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he became an important player for the Spanish team, and contributed with 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, to help his team win a gold medal.

He also played at the EuroBasket 2007, where Spain won the tournament's silver medal. During this tournament Rudy averaged 9.9 points in 20.3 minutes per game. At the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament, Spain lost to Team USA in the gold medal match. Fernández scored 22 points in 18 minutes of play with 5 three-points goals, and completed a dunk over Dwight Howard[34] that ESPN sportswriter Bill Simmons described as "hellacious".[35] During the Olympics, Fernández had the following stats: 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22.3 per game minutes.

The EuroBasket 2009 in Poland was his sixth consecutive appearance with the Spanish national team. Spain won the gold medal in a European Championship for the first time in its history, and Fernández averaged 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game in 28.4 minutes and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

In the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Fernández averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.8 steals, but Spain only took sixth place in the tournament.

Fernández then participated in EuroBasket 2011,[25] where Spain won the gold medal and clinched a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games,[36] where he won a silver medal with Spain.

Personal[edit]

Fernández played pro basketball alongside Ricky Rubio in the Spanish ACB League with the professional club DKV Joventut.[37] His older sister, Marta Fernández, played in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2007.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Spanish national team[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 78 4 25.6 .425 .399 .839 2.7 2.0 .9 .2 10.4
2009–10 Portland 62 2 23.2 .378 .368 .867 2.6 2.0 1.0 .2 8.1
2010–11 Portland 78 3 23.3 .370 .321 .863 2.2 2.5 1.1 .2 8.6
2011–12 Denver 31 1 22.9 .440 .328 .698 2.1 2.4 1.0 .1 8.6
Career 249 10 24.0 .399 .360 .840 2.4 2.2 1.0 .2 9.1

NBA Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Portland 6 1 27.0 .429 .421 1.000 2.8 1.0 1.3 .5 7.5
2010 Portland 6 3 19.8 .444 .478 .750 1.7 1.3 .2 .0 6.8
2011 Portland 6 0 13.5 .222 .300 .667 2.0 .8 .3 .2 2.8
Career 18 4 20.1 .388 .423 .792 2.2 1.1 .6 .2 5.7

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 DKV Joventut 19 15 25.7 .477 .429 .814 3.8 1.7 2.1 .3 15.8 16.8
2011–12 Real Madrid 8 8 25.0 .384 .319 .895 3.1 2.3 1.3 .1 11.5 10.9
2012–13 Real Madrid 27 26 27.2 .429 .338 .802 3.9 3.1 1.5 .4 13.7 16.2
Career 54 49 26.4 .440 .369 .816 3.7 2.5 1.7 .3 14.1 15.6

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rudy Fernández official NBA.com player page 6'6" 1.98m in height.
  2. ^ Fernández wins European Young Player of the Year Award.
  3. ^ a b c "Rudy makes jump to the NBA". FIBA. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Sean Meahger (2008-07-01). "It's official: Blazers sign Rudy". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  5. ^ Jason Quick, Rudy's rousing arrival, September 22, 2008
  6. ^ ESP – Rudy makes jump to the NBA FIBA.com, 6 June 2008
  7. ^ "Blazers-Lakers box score". ESPN.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Blazers-Suns box score". NBA.com. 
  9. ^ "Fernandez headed to All-Star weekend for dunk contest". oregonlive.com. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fans vote Blazers' Fernández into Sprite Slam Dunk contest". NBA.com. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Rudy Fernandez's slam dunk tribute to Fernando Martin". Interbasket.net. 
  12. ^ "Robinson, Cook, Rose shine in Phoenix". ESPN.com. February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  13. ^ Freeman, Mike (2009-02-14). "Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  14. ^ "Ariza's foul boots Fernandez from game". ESPN.com. March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  15. ^ Peterson, Anne (March 10, 2009). "Roy scores 27 in Blazers' 111–94 win over Lakers". NBA.com. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  16. ^ Freeman, Joe (March 10, 2009). "Fernandez released; Odom suspended". OregonLive.com. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  17. ^ Golliver, Ben. "Rudy Fernandez Named To NBA All-Rookie Second Team". blazersedge.com. 
  18. ^ "Trail Blazers Exercise Options On Oden, Fernandez, Batum, Bayless". NBA.com. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  19. ^ Meagher, Sean. "Blazers G Rudy Fernandez to miss 4–6 weeks after microdiscectomy". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Rudy Fernandez fined $25K by NBA for not responding to Portland Trail Blazers, public comments – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  21. ^ "Rudy Fernandez scores career-high 26 in win". msnbc. 2010-12-18. 
  22. ^ Freeman, Joe (21 January 2011). "Trail Blazers, Patty Mills team up to help Australian flood victims". The Oregonian. Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "Rudy Fernandez: Rudy hands out season-high eight assists". rotoworld. Allstar Stats, Inc. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  24. ^ Quick, Jason (22 January 2011). "Portland 97, Indiana 92: Adversity strikes again... and Blazers pull together". The Oregonian. Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "ESP/USA – Rudy reflects on Blazers' season, confirms EuroBasket participation video". FIBA. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  26. ^ "Mavs trade picks for Rudy Fernandez". ESPN.com. June 24, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Nuggets acquire Brewer, Fernandez from Mavericks". NBA.com. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  28. ^ http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2012/07/05/rudy-fernandez-nuggets-guard-play-spain/6908/ Rudy Fernandez, former Nuggets guard, will play in Spain Denver Post
  29. ^ http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/6995918/dallas-mavericks-guard-rudy-fernandez-signs-real-madrid
  30. ^ http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/Rudy/Fernandez/blanco/perfecto/elpepudep/20110920elpepudep_5/Tes
  31. ^ REAL MADRID brings back Fernandez
  32. ^ Mundodeportivo.com Rudy Fernández ficha por el Real Madrid (Spanish).
  33. ^ "Spain accumulated statistics | 2005 EuroBasket". Archive.Fiba.Com. 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  34. ^ "Video: Rudy Fernández dunk on Dwight Howard". Interbasket.net. 2008-08-27. 
  35. ^ Simmons, Bill (September 11, 2008). "Is it a classic if no one is watching?". ESPN The Magazine. 
  36. ^ Spain repeats as EuroBasket champ
  37. ^ Givony, Jonathan (December 13, 2008). "Blogging Through Europe 2008 (Part Five: Spain)". Retrieved February 22, 2009. 

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