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Weight: 218 lbs
Prior to NBA: Arizona
As a fourth-year small forward, Budinger has previous experience with Rick Adelman’s coaching style and offensive schemes.
“Chase was an integral part of our team in Houston my last two years as coach there,” Adelman said (via CBC Sports). “He will help our perimeter game with his athleticism and shooting ability. Chase’s game has improved in each of his first three seasons in the NBA and we look forward to that continuing here in Minnesota.”
Budinger may not be a huge rebounder, but that isn’t the Wolves’ top concern stat-wise. Minnesota desperately needs a small forward to start (Wes Johnson was a complete disappointment last season), and Budinger can get it done.
At 24 years old, Budinger will greatly improve Minnesota's perimeter shooting and impact the scoring totals as a whole. In 2011-2012, he averaged 9.6 points over 22 minutes of play and shot 44 percent from the field. He’s consistent on offense, and he averages less than one turnover per game.
Budinger’s biggest asset is that he can shoot the long ball. The Arizona alum shoots 40 percent from behind the three-point line, and he drained an incredible 88 baskets from downtown last season.
Oh, and guess what? He can dunk, too.
Budinger found himself a contestant in the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and he’ll no doubt aid Minnesota in making the SportsCenter highlight reel.
“We’re excited to add a player like Chase who is a proven shot-maker and also has an excellent all-around game,” David Kahn said (via FoxSportsNorth.com).