Heading into his fourth season in the NBA the 6 foot 7 forward was introduced yesterday to the Minnesota media at Target Center after the deal that sent the Timberwolves’ 18th overall pick to Houston and Chase Budinger to Minnesota.
Mostly for any player being traded to a new team, he would definitely feel the difference of one team to the other. However, Budinger is actually familiar with the staff on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Athleticism, scoring, and shooting are some of the problems that hurt the Timberwolves last season. With Chase added into the line-up that problem could now be lessened.
Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman had previously been able to coach the young forward in Houston a couple of years ago before coming to Minnesota and changing the style of play of the Timberwolves. Adelman’s coaching staff has also been able to coach Budinger back in Houston and so Budinger will easily adapt to the system in Minnesota.
Last season with the Rockets, Budinger was a huge spark off the bench. In 22.4 minutes per game last season, Budinger averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 44.2 percent from the field, including 40.2 percent from three point range.
The Wolves are in dire need of players who can simply just make shots. Kevin Love will spread the floor, Pekovic will be inside, and Rubio will be dishing out lobs to Derrick Williams or passing between some big German’s leg for an open three point shooter in the corner. And Budinger will be that guy to knock down shots for the Timberwolves.
Budinger will definitely be able to mesh well with the Timberwolves and the familiar coaching staff and play in a way that he can help the Timberwolves possibly make the playoffs.
The young forward said he has been able to play with Kevin Love before during a club basketball season in high school. This offseason, Budinger has already worked out at least once with Kevin Love.
Budinger has also been acquainted with forward Derrick Williams during Williams’ freshman year with the University of Arizona Wildcats. Budinger himself is a former Wildcat.
The shooting guard and small forward position has always voided the Timberwolves, and with the addition of Chase, the Timberwolves have found a player that can easily adapt in both positions. The biggest thing Budinger will bring to the table will be his energy when he’s on the floor and most of all, making shots.