2011-12 SEASON: In his third season with Houston, averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 58 games (nine starts)… finished 20th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.402, 88-219 3FG)… was a DNP (CD) for eight games (1/21/12-1/25/12; 2/17/12; 2/20/12; 3/4/12-3/7/12)… named one of four players to vie for the Sprite Slam Dunk championship on All-Star Saturday Night in Orlando (2/25/12)… reached double-figure points 29 times, including four 20-point games… added one double-double on the season… led (or tied) the Rockets in scoring five times… totaled 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting (3-4 3FG) vs. Atlanta (12/31/11)… led Houston with 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 3FG) to go with eight rebounds (5 offensive) vs. Washington (1/27/12)… topped the Rockets with 19 points (7-12 FG) in a 97-84 win vs. New York (1/28/12)… posted 12 points (5-5 FT) and a season-high 10 rebounds vs. Phoenix (2/3/12)… led Houston with 22 points (7-14 FG, 4-8 3FG) in a 103-96 victory at Portland (2/8/12)… recorded 12 points (5-9 FG), seven rebounds, a season-high-tying four assists and two steals in a 96-89 win at Phoenix (2/9/12)… also had a season-best four assists vs. Minnesota (1/30/12) and four at Miami (4/22/12)… collected 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting (3-3 3FG) in a 112-106 win at New Jersey (3/10/12)… totaled 10 points (2-2 3FG), nine rebounds and a career-high-tying three steals vs. Charlotte (3/14/12)… started at the L.A. Clippers (3/17/12), recording 19 points (8-14 FG) and six boards in 42:14 of action… reached double-figure scoring in a season-high six consecutive games (3/10/12-3/18/12)… posted 15 points (6-11 FG) and a career-high-tying three thefts at Portland (4/9/12)… netted 19 points (7-16 FG) at Denver (4/15/12), making a season-high five 3-pointers (5-10 3FG)… recorded 22 points (8-17 FG, 4-11 3FG) at New Orleans (4/19/12)… topped the Rockets with a season-best 27 points (10-18 FG) in a start vs. New Orleans (4/26/12), matching his season best in makes from beyond the arc (5-9 3FG)… made at least one 3-pointer in 24 of his last 26 outings of the season, which included a run of 12 straight games (3/24/12-4/15/12).
In 2010-2011 In his second season with the Rockets, averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 78 games (22 starts) … averaged 13.9 points in his 22 starts (Rockets record: 14-8) … DND for three games (11/14/10-11/17/10) due to a sprained left ankle … on the inactive list for one game (3/23/11) with a mild-to-moderate left ankle sprain … netted five 20-point games on the season, including the first two 30-point performances of his career … led (or tied) the Rockets in scoring seven times … grabbed a career-high-tying three thefts vs. Denver (10/30/10) … left game at Indiana (11/12/10) with a sprained left ankle … led Houston with 22 points (8-10 FG) vs. Toronto (12/31/10) … registered four straight double-digit scoring games (12/29/10-1/3/11: 11-15 3FG) … tied his career high with two blocks vs. Utah (1/8/11) … recorded his first career 30-point game with an even 30 points (9-18 FG, 4-8 3FG, 8-9 FT) and eight rebounds in a 124-119 win at Cleveland (2/23/11), notching 14 of his points (4-7 FG, 5-6 FT) in a decisive fourth quarter … scored 27 points (8-11 FG, 8-9 FT) vs. New Jersey (2/26/11) … topped the Rockets with 20 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3FG) at Sacramento (3/7/11), adding a career-high-tying two blocks … recorded 19 points (6-13 FG) and a season-high five assists vs. Charlotte (3/16/11) … reached double-figure scoring in a career-best eight consecutive outings (3/1/11-3/16/11) … left in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain vs. Utah (3/20/11) … made another season-best 4-of-6 from beyond the arc en route to 16 points (6-15 FG) at Miami (3/27/11) … posted 15 points (6-7 FT) and a season-high nine rebounds at Philadelphia (3/30/11) … netted 16 points (7-15 FG) vs. the L.A. Clippers (4/9/11) to go along with his season-high-tying nine boards, four assists and career-high-tying two blocked shots … notched a career-high 35 points (12-21 FG, 4-8 3FG, 7-7 FT) in leading the Rockets to a 121-102 win at Minnesota (4/13/11) … also averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in five starts with Houston in the 2010 NBA Summer League.
In the NBA Owns career averages of 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 152 games (26 starts) with Houston … has registered seven 20-point games and two double-doubles in his career. 2009-2010: In his rookie season, averaged 8.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 74 games (four starts) with Houston … on the inactive list for four games: one (11/4/09) due to a left ankle sprain suffered at Utah (11/2/09) and three outings (12/23/09-12/27/09) with a right ankle sprain … also DND for four games (12/22/09; 12/29/09-1/2/10) with the right ankle sprain … netted a pair of 20-point performances … notched two double-doubles on the season … recorded double-figure scoring in a season-high six consecutive games (2/9/10-2/24/10) … made the first regular season start of his career vs. Detroit (12/15/09), finishing with 16 points (6-11 FG), a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists … returned at the L.A. Lakers (1/5/10) after missing seven games with a moderate-to-severe right ankle sprain, which he suffered in the second quarter vs. Oklahoma City (12/19/09) … totaled 14 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) in the fourth quarter vs. Golden State (2/2/10) … posted 10 points (2-5 3FG) and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds at Miami (2/9/10) … registered a career-best two blocks at New Orleans (2/21/10) … finished with a career-high six assists vs. Orlando (2/24/10) … also made starts at Utah (2/27/10) and vs. the L.A. Clippers (3/25/10) … led Houston with a season-high 24 points (9-13 FG) vs. Washington (3/30/10) … got a start at forward at Boston (4/2/10), matching his season-high 24 points (9-14 FG) behind a career-best 6-of-8 night from behind the arc in 45:16 of action … registered a career-best three steals at the L.A. Lakers (11/15/09) and three vs. Utah (4/7/10) … led the Rockets to a 5-0 record at the 2009 NBA Summer League by topping the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 points over his five games (two starts).
In International Play Selected MVP of the 2006 Nike Junior World Championships held in Douai, France, leading Team USA to a 6-0 record with averages of 28 points and eight rebounds per game.
In College Averaged 17.0 points (.469, 599-1276 FG; .383, 190-496 3FG) and 5.8 rebounds in three seasons at Arizona … finished career ranked 11th on Arizona’s scoring list with 1,697 career points, which stands as the highest all-time point total in three seasons or less by a UA player … earned All-America Honorable Mention for a second straight year from The Associated Press and was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior … averaged 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 games in 2008-09, finishing with 16 20-point games … one of just two Wildcats to start every game his sophomore season, earning Third-Team All-Pac-10 accolades … was second on the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg) in 2007-08 … selected as the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, becoming just the fifth Wildcats player to earn that honor … finished the 2006-07 season ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.6 ppg) and 14th in rebounding (5.8 rpg) … was one of just nine freshman in Arizona history to ever score more than 400 points in a season … inducted into Arizona’s Ring of Honor in 2011.
In Life Born Chase Andrew Budinger on May 22, 1988, in San Diego, California … son of Mara and Duncan Budinger … majored in sociology at Arizona … selected jersey #10 with the Rockets because it was the number he wanted in high school, but he could not get it then, so decided to bring it back … favorite all-time movie is Gladiator … lists favorite all-time TV show as Entourage … favorite athlete growing up was Michael Jordan … he and teammate Jordan Hill hosted Bowl ‘n Bash on Mar. 22, 2011, a free event for kids and mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters … held his First Annual Basketball Camp for San Diego-area youth at La Costa Canyon High School in Aug. 2010 … scholar athlete at La Costa Canyon High School, ranking as one of the nation’s top players in both basketball and volleyball … averaged 34 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior in leading La Costa Canyon to the CIF Regional Championship … a Parade magazine First-Team All-American, he also claimed co-MVP honors in the 2006 McDonald’s High School All-America Game … in 2005-06, was named San Diego County Male Athlete of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune for his exploits in both basketball and volleyball … was a three-time San Diego County Volleyball Player of the Year and the 2006 Mizuno National High School Volleyball Player of the Year … brother, Duncan, also played volleyball at Long Beach State and sister, Brittanie, played volleyball at the University of San Francisco and professionally in Europe.
In Transactions Had his draft rights acquired by Houston from Detroit in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations on June 25, 2009 … selected by the Pistons in the second round (44th overall) as an early entry candidate in the 2009 NBA Draft … signed by the Rockets on Aug. 13, 2009.