Chase Budinger: NBA Draft Profile

November 29th, 2008

Chase Budinger


College: Arizona

Class: Junior

Position: SG/SF

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 203bs


Accolades: Third Team All-Pac-10 (08), Second Team Freshman All-American – CHN (07), Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (07), co-MVP McDonald’s All-American Game – high school (06), McDonald’s All-American – high school (07), First Team All-American – Parade – high school (06), MVP Nike Junior World Championship (06).


Scouting Report: A long-range bomber who can also jump out of the gym.


Strengths: Incredible leaper – his vertical is apparently over 40 inches. Big-time scorer – put up very good scoring numbers throughout college. Played in one of the toughest conferences around, the Pac-10. Averaged big minutes all three years in school. Amazing athlete – excels in volleyball also. Good outside shooter – good for two to three made three-pointers a game. Solid rebounder for a wing player. Solid passer and ball-handler.


Weaknesses: Not always aggressive enough. Needs to work on his defense. Can take too many outside shots – shoots almost six three-pointers a game. Inconsistent – can be a streaky scorer. Needs to improve his assist to turnover ratio – had almost as many turnovers as assists.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Lottery to mid first round pick.

Consensus: Chase Budinger has all the tools to be a very good NBA player, despite criticisms of his game in college. However, he needs to improve his defense and become more consistent to fully capitalize on his amazing physical gifts.


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= Superstar/All-NBA Potential - Michael Beasley

= Potential NBA All-Star - Derrick Rose

= Consistent NBA Starter - Brook Lopez

= 6th Man/Fringe Starter - Russell Westbrook

= Career Reserve - Roy Hibbert

= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man - JR Giddens

0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues - Drew Neitzel