Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Budinger was the 44th pick in 2009 NBA draft with the Detroit Pistons and was then dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets.
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.
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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)