Draft Prospect: Chase Budinger
We all know that Chase Budinger coming out of High School was the McDonalds Co-MVP with Kevin Durant and very highly rated going into the Arizona Program. Since then the team has gone through 3 coaches, a complete blow-up in a program that was rock solid, and to now a club that's in shambles. Maybe he hasn't lived up to the hype, but somehow you have to know that these outside factors have had an affect on him. He is certainly if not the most athletic wing in the college game, (possesses a 40+ inch vert). He is also one of the most NBA polished and ready players in the draft and shoots the 3 with the best of them.
Which teams could benefit the most with a player like Budinger? Do you think with the possibility of Pitino coming to U of Arizona next year that Budinger should stay?
Pitino isn't going to arizona. And budinger could become a starter in the nba,his weaknesses are improvable. Those weaknesses are ballhandling,aggressiveness,and defensive awareness. He lacks the foot speed to be considered the best athlete in college bball,but he reminds me of joe alexander as someone who will test really well in the nba combine,but may take time to put it together in an actual nba season.
I've been a huge Budinger fan from day one and feel as though he's been unfairly "scouted". I have a big problem with people thinking they can watch a few games, read up on a player, and think they can write a scouting report. Living in Los Angeles, I've had the opportunity to see him play many times including high school, and think he should go a bit higher than many mocks do. He definately has some holes in his game- his "lack of aggresiveness" and defensive quickness stand out, but he also is a team first player who looks to pass and keep others involved rather than shoot all the time. I think when he is surrounded by better players, people will be supprised by his assist numbers. Poor ball handling? He played "point" (facilitator) all the time and in my opinion played with great patience and control. He needs to get better at being in an attack mode, especially off the dribble, but he can create for others, run, jump, and really shoot it from deep! The Joe Alexander comparisons are also way off, other than white guys who can jump. Alexander is bigger, and much stronger, and kind of played as a face-up 4/5 at WVU... he doesn't have the same playmaking, shooting, and IQ that Budinger has... you know who reminds me of? When Brandon Roy was at Washington, he was thought of as a complete wing who could do a bit of everything, but sort of seemed like he couldn't (wouldn't?) take over games, with the kind of athleticism that left you wanting more. I'm not saying he has the greatness that we all NOW know Roy has, but their games are close. How 'bout them apples?
He reminds me of Joe Alexander "AS SOMEONE WHO TESTS WELL AT THE COMBINE BUT MAY HAVE A HARDER TIME TRANSLATING IT TO AN NBA GAME"...I said nothing about what postion he plays or about how big and strong he is. And Budinger cannot change directions with the ball good enough to play any point guard in the NBA (he was stripped multiple times when he tried against Arizona State and Oregon this year),so yes...he lacks ball handling skills.
He had the label of the guy who "could play well but didn't have the drive to dominate". Well, he lead his team to the Elite 8 pretty much by himself (Hill wasn't really that great) and attacked the basket with ferocity. I think he will always lack the competitiveness to be an allstar or a stud, but I see him as a great role player with versatility to take it to the hoop or shoot it from midrange or deep.
I expect he is capable of something like this: 17-8ppg, 4rpg, 3-4apg, 45% fg, 40% 3-pt, 85% ft with low turnovers and solid (not spectacular) defense. Maybe a better version of Kapono?
I couldn't further agree with amilcar....i actually had the opportunity to play high school basketball with Chase on the same team for 3 years. The special thing about Chase is he'll be the guy that teammates will turn to hit the big shot during games. I see him fitting the SG position in the NBA perfectly almost as a Ray Allen esq. player to hit the shot in the big game. Now obv. Ray is a superstar with arguably the prettiest shot ever, and I am not saying Chase by any means will enter the league at that level. But without question he will be a future NBA SG/SF starter, and will hopefully get drafted to a team like NYK where they could use a wing like Chase to complement an up in coming organization....especially with a guy like D'Antoni running the show. The possibility of LBJ in NY one day with the constant double team kicking it out to a shooter like Chase behind the arc would be unbelievable. Regardless of where he ends up, Chase has a great future in the NBA ahead of him....