Chase Budinger

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Chase Budinger
Chase Budinger vsStanford.jpg
Budinger with the Arizona Wildcats
No. 10 – Indiana Pacers
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-22) May 22, 1988 (age 27)
Encinitas, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 209 lb (95 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
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092012 Houston Rockets
20122015 Minnesota Timberwolves
2015–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Budinger was the 44th pick in 2009 NBA draft with the Detroit Pistons and was then dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets.

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, Budinger was listed as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 4 player in the nation in 2006.[2]

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.[3] He was projected as a mid-first round draft pick by most NBA draft analysts.[4] 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.[4]

After the 2008–09 season, he declared for the NBA Draft a second time.[5] Under NCAA rules, declaring for the draft a second time ends a player's college eligibility.[6]

College statistics[edit]

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[7] 100 100 35.4 .469 .383 .782 5.8 2.8 1.3 0.4 17.0

NBA career[edit]

In 2009, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and then traded to the Houston Rockets on draft night. He joined the Rockets' Summer League team, and averaged 17.8 PPG. 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. On March 30, 2010, Budinger scored 24 points in a 98–94 home win against the Washington Wizards. Three days later he matched this total in a 119–114 road win at the Boston Celtics. On February 23, 2011, Budinger scored a new career-high 30 points in a 124–119 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. 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.[8]

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.[9]

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. He ultimately lost to Jeremy Evans.[10]

On June 25, 2012, Budinger was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves (along with the rights to Lior Eliyahu) for the eighteenth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.[11]

On July 12, 2015, Budinger was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Damjan Rudež.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Budinger's parents are Duncan and Māra Budinger.[13] 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.[14] Budinger's older sister, Brittanie, played volleyball at the University of San Francisco and as a professional in Europe.[15] His older brother, Duncan, also played volleyball and toured professionally.[16]

NBA statistics[edit]

  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]

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
Career 341 48 20.7 .429 .358 .810 3.2 1.2 .5 .2 8.6


  • Co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's High School All-American Game (with Kevin Durant)
  • 2006 First-team Parade All-American
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the Nike Junior World Championships in Douai, France
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 US Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament in the 18 and under division.
  • 2006 California Mr. Basketball
  • 2006 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest Runner-Up
  • Named the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year

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