Chase Budinger

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Chase Budinger
Chase Budinger vsStanford.jpg
Budinger with the Arizona Wildcats
No. 34 – Baskonia
Position Small forward
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1988-05-22) May 22, 1988 (age 28)
Encinitas, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school La Costa Canyon
(Carlsbad, California)
College Arizona (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
20092012 Houston Rockets
20122015 Minnesota Timberwolves
2015–2016 Indiana Pacers
2016 Phoenix Suns
2016–present Baskonia
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 44th overall pick in 2009 NBA draft after playing three years of college basketball for Arizona.

High school career[edit]

Budinger was a standout basketball and volleyball player at La Costa Canyon High School; his teammates on the basketball team included future NFL quarterback Kevin O'Connell. He won the CIF San Diego Section in 2006.

Budinger was a McDonald's All-American and was the runner up in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Budinger was listed as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 4 player in the nation in 2006.[1]

College career[edit]

Budinger chose to sign with Arizona, although he also received offers from many other schools, including USC and UCLA. He averaged 15.6 points in his freshman season, starting all 30 games for the Wildcats. At the conclusion of the season he announced that he planned to stay with Arizona for his sophomore season, despite speculation that he could be picked early in the NBA draft. However, he later announced that he would declare for the NBA Draft and not hire an agent.[2] He was projected as a mid-first round draft pick by most NBA draft analysts.[3] However, on the final day of the deadline for pulling out of the early entry list, Budinger opted not to remain in the draft and returned to school instead.[3]

After the 2008–09 season, he declared for the NBA Draft a second time.[4] Under NCAA rules, declaring for the draft a second time ends a player's college eligibility.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Arizona 31 31 33.0 .485 .368 .845 5.8 2.0 1.2 0.4 15.6
2007–08 Arizona 34 34 35.3 .446 .380 .718 5.4 2.9 1.1 0.2 17.1
2008–09 Arizona 35 35 37.6 .480 .399 .801 6.2 3.4 1.4 0.5 18.0
Career[6] 100 100 35.4 .469 .383 .782 5.8 2.8 1.3 0.4 17.0

Professional career[edit]

Houston Rockets (2009–2012)[edit]

In 2009, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and then traded to the Houston Rockets on draft night.[7] He joined the Rockets' Summer League team, and averaged 17.8 PPG.[8] In the 2009 season opener for the Rockets, Budinger came off the bench and logged 15 minutes of play time while scoring 6 points and collecting 1 rebound.[9] On March 30, 2010, Budinger scored 24 points in a 98–94 home win against the Washington Wizards.[10] Three days later he matched this total in a 119–114 road win at the Boston Celtics.[11] On February 23, 2011, Budinger scored a new career-high 30 points in a 124–119 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[12] During the Rockets' season finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Budinger scored a new career-high 35 points on 12/21 shooting, including 4/8 from 3-point range.[13]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Budinger agreed to play for the Russian team PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban; however, before he signed the deal, the lockout ended and the agreement fell through.[14]

In 2012, Budinger competed in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest, where he performed a dunk over P. Diddy, a wheelhouse slam, and a blindfolded reverse dunk honoring former Slam Dunk Contest winner Cedric Ceballos. However, he ultimately lost to Jeremy Evans by one percent of the votes.[15]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2015)[edit]

On June 25, 2012, Budinger, along with the rights to Lior Eliyahu, was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighteenth pick in the 2012 NBA draft.[16] On November 2, he made his debut for the Timberwolves in a 92–80 win over the Sacramento Kings, recording nine points, five rebounds and one block in 21 minutes off the bench.[17]

Indiana Pacers (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 12, 2015, Budinger was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Damjan Rudež.[18] On October 28, he made his debut for Indiana in a 106–99 loss to the Toronto Raptors, recording two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes off the bench.[19] On March 5, 2016, he was waived by the Pacers.[20]

Phoenix Suns (2016)[edit]

On March 8, 2016, Budinger signed with the Phoenix Suns.[21] He made his debut for the Suns the following night, recording two points, two rebounds and one assist in a loss to the New York Knicks.[22]

On September 26, 2016, Budinger signed with the Brooklyn Nets,[23] but was waived on October 18 after appearing in four preseason games.[24]

Baskonia (2016–present)[edit]

On October 27, 2016, Budinger signed with Baskonia.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Budinger's parents are Duncan and Māra Budinger.[26] His mother's father, Andrejs Eglītis, was Latvian, and moved to the United States during the Second World War. Andrejs was proud of his descent and wrote a book about it called A Man From Latvia.[27] Budinger's older sister, Brittanie, played volleyball at the University of San Francisco and as a professional in Europe.[28] His older brother, Duncan, also played volleyball and toured professionally.[29]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Houston 74 4 20.1 .441 .369 .770 3.0 1.2 .5 .2 8.9
2010–11 Houston 78 22 22.3 .425 .325 .855 3.6 1.6 .5 .2 9.8
2011–12 Houston 58 9 22.4 .442 .402 .771 3.7 1.3 .5 .1 9.6
2012–13 Minnesota 23 1 22.1 .414 .321 .762 3.1 1.1 .6 .3 9.4
2013–14 Minnesota 41 8 18.3 .394 .350 .821 2.5 .8 .5 .0 6.7
2014–15 Minnesota 67 4 19.2 .433 .364 .827 3.0 1.0 .7 .1 6.8
2015–16 Indiana 49 2 14.9 .418 .290 .708 2.5 1.0 .6 .2 4.4
2015–16 Phoenix 17 0 11.8 .511 .235 .625 1.7 .9 .2 .1 3.2
Career 407 50 19.7 .430 .352 .797 3.0 1.2 .5 .2 7.9

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chase Budinger Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Budinger returning to Arizona". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. June 16, 2008. Archived from the original on June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b DeCourcy, Mike (June 16, 2008). "Arizona's Chase Budinger returning to school". SportingNews.com. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ Ford, Chad (June 16, 2009). "Who's in, who's out of 2009 draft?". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bylaws 12.2.4.2.1, 12.2.4.2.2" (PDF). 2007–08 NCAA Division I Manual. NCAA. p. 68. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 28, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Chase Budinger Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Detroit Pistons Trade the Draft Rights of Chase Budinger to Houston Rockets in Exchange for a Future Second Round Draft Pick and Cash Considerations". NBA.com. June 25, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Chase Budinger Summer League profile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Blazers drop short-handed Rockets in playoffs rematch". NBA.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rockets snap four-game skid, nip reeling Wizards". ESPN. March 30, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Scola's back-to-back baskets, 27 points boost Rockets past Celtics in OT". ESPN. April 3, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rockets 124, Cavaliers 119". CBSSports.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rockets 121, Timberwolves 102". CBSSports.com. April 13, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rockets' Chase Budinger set to join Lokomotiv-Kuban". Sports.ru. November 24, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Chase Budinger in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest". YouTube.com. February 25, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Wolves Acquire Chase Budinger From Houston". NBA.com. June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Notebook: Wolves 92, Kings 80". NBA.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Pacers Acquire Budinger From Minnesota In Exchange For Rudez". NBA.com. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "DeRozan scores 25, Lowry has 23, Raptors beat Pacers 106-99". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Pacers Waive Budinger". NBA.com. March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Suns Sign Chase Budinger". NBA.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Vujacic, Anthony lead hot-shooting Knicks past Suns". NBA.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Chase Budinger and Jorge Gutierrez". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Waive Beech, Budinger, Gutierrez and Mockevicius". NBA.com. October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Baskonia adds forward Budinger". Euroleague.net. October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  26. ^ Vargas, Nicole (March 27, 2006). "Budinger's family keeps him grounded". SanDiegoUnionTribune.com. Retrieved December 15, 2006. 
  27. ^ "A Man From Latvia – Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  28. ^ "USF Volleyball Legend Brittanie Budinger Completes Overseas Professional Tour". WCCSports.com. June 25, 2006. Retrieved December 15, 2006. 
  29. ^ Abbott, Henry (August 18, 2011). "Chase Budinger returns to volleyball". ESPN. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 

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