- Houston Rockets 2009 - present
Chase Budinger was born in Encinitas in California and is a professional basketball player in America. He has played for the University of Arizona Wildcats from 2006 to 2009. He was the 44th pick with the Detroit Pistons in 2009 NBA Draft, but was dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets.
This 6 feet and 7 inches athlete was actually a standout basketball and volleyball player during his high school days at La Costa Canyon High School. In 2006, he won the CIF San Diego Section.
This versatile and athletic guard has great leaping ability due to his height, and can easily convert ally-ops and highlight dunks. He consistently works to stay fit and shows good ability without the ball too. Chase is also an extremely unselfish player, having good court vision, passing ability and is also a good player.
In 2007-08, he played 34 games, scoring 583 points, 99 assists and in 2008-09, he played 35 games, scoring 630 points and 118 assists.
Chase was awarded the Co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald’s High School All-American Game along with Kevin Durant.
He was also named as the most valuable player of the Nike Junior World Championships in Douai, France.
Budinger was even named as the most valuable player in 2006 US Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament in the 18 and under division match.
In 2006, he was the McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest Runner-Up and in 2007, he was named the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year.