Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 12, 2015, Budinger was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Damjan Rudež.
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-Pac-10 (2009)
Third-team All-Pac-10 (2008)
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2007)
McDonald’s All-America Game co-MVP (2006)
California Mr. Basketball (2006)