Luke Ridnour

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Luke Ridnour
Luke Ridnour.jpg
Ridnour during his tenure with the Timberwolves
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1981-02-13) February 13, 1981 (age 34)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Blaine (Blaine, Washington)
College Oregon (2000–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
20032008 Seattle SuperSonics
20082010 Milwaukee Bucks
20102013 Minnesota Timberwolves
2013–2014 Milwaukee Bucks
2014 Charlotte Bobcats
2014–2015 Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Lukas Robin "Luke" Ridnour (born February 13, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and he grew up in Blaine, Washington.[1]

High school career[edit]

Ridnour's father, Rob, was his basketball coach during high school. He was given the keys to the gym by his father during his sophomore year, and he was able to practice during the day; and additionally, late into the night. Subsequently, 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.

College career[edit]

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.

NBA career[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics[edit]

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.

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

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.[2]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

On July 21, 2010, Ridnour signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[3]

Return to Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

On July 11, 2013, Ridnour was reacquired by the Bucks in a three-team transaction that brought Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[4]

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Ridnour was traded to Charlotte along with Gary Neal in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.[5]

Orlando Magic[edit]

On July 25, 2014, Ridnour signed with the Orlando Magic.[6]

2015 off-season[edit]

In June 2015, Ridnour was traded four times within the span of six days. On June 24, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to Jānis Timma.[7] The next day, the Grizzlies sent him to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Matt Barnes[8] and then, that same day, was traded along with a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jeremy Lamb.[9] Lastly on June 30, Ridnour was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with cash considerations in exchange for the draft rights to Tomislav Zubčić.[10] Ridnour later stated in an interview with USA Today that he found the whole situation rather "funny", as he and his family were present at their home in Seattle while the moves were unfolding.[11] On July 9, 2015, he was waived by the Raptors,[12] adding to the list of teams he never visited during the two-week period.[11]

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
2003–04 Seattle 69 6 16.1 .414 .338 .823 1.6 2.4 .8 .1 5.5
2004–05 Seattle 82 82 31.4 .405 .376 .883 2.5 5.9 1.1 .3 10.0
2005–06 Seattle 79 77 33.2 .418 .289 .877 3.0 7.0 1.6 .3 11.5
2006–07 Seattle 71 58 29.5 .433 .353 .805 2.3 5.2 1.2 .3 11.0
2007–08 Seattle 61 5 20.0 .399 .296 .857 1.5 4.0 .6 .2 6.4
2008–09 Milwaukee 72 50 28.2 .403 .350 .869 3.0 5.1 1.3 .2 9.6
2009–10 Milwaukee 82 0 21.5 .478 .381 .907 1.7 4.0 .7 .1 10.4
2010–11 Minnesota 71 66 30.4 .468 .440 .883 2.8 5.4 1.3 .1 11.8
2011–12 Minnesota 53 53 33.0 .440 .322 .891 2.7 4.8 1.1 .3 12.1
2012–13 Minnesota 82 82 30.2 .453 .311 .848 2.5 3.8 1.0 .2 11.5
2013–14 Milwaukee 36 12 21.2 .384 .368 .684 1.7 3.4 .6 .1 5.7
2013–14 Charlotte 25 2 15.1 .389 .300 .571 1.4 2.2 .4 .2 4.0
2014–15 Orlando 47 0 14.5 .426 .317 .857 1.4 2.0 .4 .1 4.0
Career 830 493 26.1 .431 .349 .857 2.3 4.5 1.0 .2 9.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Seattle 11 11 34.4 .393 .235 .950 3.3 4.3 1.2 .7 9.7
2010 Milwaukee 7 0 17.3 .467 .357 .833 1.9 1.9 .6 .1 8.1
2014 Charlotte 4 0 9.0 .308 .333 .000 1.0 3.0 .0 .3 2.5
Career 22 11 24.3 .406 .297 .906 2.4 3.3 .8 .5 7.9

Personal life[edit]

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]."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luke Ridnour – Yahoo!.com
  2. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Wolves Sign Free Agent Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Bucks Acquire Luke Ridnour in a Three Team Deal". NBA.com. July 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bobcats Acquire Neal, Ridnour from Bucks in Exchange for Sessions, Adrien
  6. ^ Magic Sign Luke Ridnour
  7. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Luke Ridnour from Orlando Magic". NBA.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Thunder Acquires Ridnour and Future Draft Pick". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Raptors Acquire Ridnour From Oklahoma City". NBA.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Zillgitt, Jeff (July 2, 2015). "Luke Ridnour finds it 'funny' he's been traded four times in a week". USAToday.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Raptors Waive Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Luke Ridnour". 

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