BY: RYAN ISEMEYER
With Budinger having a season well below par and an already stacked small forward spot with Sophomores Chandler Parsons and Marcus Morris, various fan sites have claimed the interest of the high hopping, slam dunk contest runner up.
While GM Daryl Morey and Owner Les Alexander have not yet picked up Budinger’s option (which will cost less than $1 Million) teams such as the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics are licking their chops for an opportunity to get this low frills energy boost off the bench.
Looking at Chase’s numbers, you can easily tell that he was not a fit for Mchale’s new system. Toward the end of the 2010-2011 season Budinger was averaging 18 Points a game along with 5 Boards once he took on the starting spot. With the surprise of Chandler Parsons and the very post offensive minded Coach Mchale, Budinger only found himself starting 9 games this season compared to the 22 as a sophomore. People know Chase as a player that is able to cut into and penetrate the paint. However with this new system you often saw him at the baseline waiting for that pass which never came. On a positive note when chase did get the ball in his hands his 3 Point percentage increased to 40% from 32% a season ago allowing him to be one of the top 3 point shooters in the league.
With teams like Denver who play with a lot of high energy that do allow wing players to penetrate the paint, the fans highly believe that Budinger would be a great option off the bench, being able to attack from the Baseline as well as into the paint. The sure question will be, where will Budinger bring his party to come October.