The most senior member of the Wolves squad, is the most important going into the new season as the only healthy and legit starting option at point guard on the roster. Luke Ridnour is a 6’2″ 29-year old guard, who went to Oregon University. Durning his Junior season at Oregon (his last at college), Luke averaged 19.7 ppg and 6.6 apg, won the PAC-10 Player of the Year award and the PAC-10 Tourney MVP.
He then declared for the draft was selected 14th by the Seattle Super Sonics in 2003. After spending the first five season in Seattle, Ridnour spent the last two with the Bucks and then in July, the Wolves Ridnour signed to a four-year, $16M deal contract.
Durnign his NBA career, Ridnour has started 54% of his games, most of the starting games came in his time in Seattle and then his first season in Milwaukee. But then was the primary back-up last season behind Brandon Jennings. Ridnour’s best season was his third in Seattle when he posted career highs in points (11.5 ppg), assists (7.0 apg), and minutes (33.2 a game).
While last season was Ridnour’s best shooting season, 47% from the field and 38% from distance, he has never been known as a deep threat and would rather penetrate and get to the basket then pull up from behind the line. Which should work with this team that does have capable shooters and will need a point guard to feed Kevin Love in the post.
Ridnour does have a nice mid-range jumper which likes to pull up off the dribble. Ridnour is a good ball-handler, has only averaged 1.7 turnovers a game over his career, and hopefully this season will see his assist number jump above his previous career high of 7 apg.
Consistency has been Ridnour theme over his career and he has played on some decent teams in Seattle and Milwaukee. He comes into a tough situation with Wolves as he will be asked to be a leader from day-one and will see a ton of minutes until Jonny Flynn is healthy. But over his carrer, Ridnour has shown more minutes equals better production and better shooting.
Here are some highlights from last season with the Bucks from NBA.com.