Wolves acquire Chase Budinger, white guy who jumped over P. Diddy at Dunk Contest [VIDEO]
Budinger and Diddy were an unlikely couple at this year's Slam Dunk Contest.
Throw those prospect ranking boards away, Timberwolves fans. Two days before the draft, the Wolves traded the 18th overall pick for small forward Chase Budinger.
Budinger, a 24 year old who starred during his three years at the University of Arizona, is a solid but unspectacular three-year veteran who can shoot the three and finish at the rim. Playing for Kevin McHale's Houston Rockets last year, Budinger averaged 9.6 points while playing 22.4 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 40 percent from three-point land.
Perhaps more notably, Budinger also took part in the 2012 Slam Drunk Contest, where he dunked over rapper P. Diddy. Video of Budinger proving that white men can indeed jump is below the... jump.
Here's the footage:
Reaction to the 18th pick-for-Budinger trade has been mostly positive. Local AP sportswriter Jon Krawczynski notes that Budinger has familiarity with coach Rick Adelman's system, having started his career with two seasons under Adelman in Houston. The move is "certainly a decent 1st step in a big summer," Krawczynski tweeted.
TNT NBA reporter David Aldridge opines that the deal is a good one for the Wolves, tweeting that "Budinger should be [able] to start at three, or at least [be] a solid rotation guy, and the last thing Minny needed was another rookie."
In a scouting report published just before this season, ESPN's John Hollinger wrote that Budinger is an "athletic, high-scoring wing [who] can shoot off screens and finish at basket," adding that thanks to his solid defense, he's "a very solid two-way player."
Others skipped the basketball analysis and noted the 2012-13 Wolves potential to trot out a white-out lineup of Rubio, Luke Ridnour, Budinger, Kevin Love, and Nikola Pekovic. SLAM Magazine's Myles Brown tweeted that the Wolves "might play this next season in khakis."
This year's draft is expected to be deep, so some fans don't like the idea of trading the 18th pick for a merely solid player who is only under contract for one more year. But on the bright side, if Budinger doesn't develop like Adelman and David Kahn hope, at least we have a season of Woody Harrelson jokes to look forward to.
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