Luke Ridnour

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Luke Ridnour
Luke Ridnour.jpg
Ridnour during his tenure with the Timberwolves
Personal information
Born (1981-02-13) February 13, 1981 (age 38)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolBlaine (Blaine, Washington)
CollegeOregon (2000–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career2003–2015
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number8, 13
Career history
20032008Seattle SuperSonics
20082010Milwaukee Bucks
20102013Minnesota Timberwolves
2013–2014Milwaukee Bucks
2014Charlotte Bobcats
2014–2015Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points7,740 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,877 (2.3 rpg)
Assists3,713 (4.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lukas Robin Ridnour (born February 13, 1981) is an American retired professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and grew up in Blaine, Washington.[1]

High school career[edit]

Ridnour's father, Rob, was his basketball coach during high school, his father gave him the keys to the gym during his sophomore year; he was able to practice during the day and late into the night. Subsequently, he was on two state title-winning teams at Blaine High School, and was named a high school All-American by both McDonald's and Parade in 2000, his graduation year.

College career[edit]

Ridnour went on to star at the University of Oregon, where he teamed with Luke Jackson and Fred Jones to take the Ducks to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament twice including the Elite 8 in 2002, he set the school season record for assists (218) and made a conference-record 62 consecutive free throws. Luke averaged 19.7 points per game and 6.6 assist per game. Ridnour left Oregon after his junior year, when he was Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics (2003–2008)[edit]

Luke was picked 14th in the 2003 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Luke played sparingly during his rookie season, but became the starting point guard for the Sonics in the 2004–05 season, he participated in the 2005 All-Star weekend, playing in the Rookie Challenge and in the Skills Challenge.

Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2010)[edit]

On August 13, 2008, Ridnour was involved in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Sonics (which had become the Oklahoma City Thunder), the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, that sent Milwaukee's Mo Williams to Cleveland, Cleveland's Joe Smith and Milwaukee's Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City, Cleveland's Damon Jones and Ridnour and Adrian Griffin to Milwaukee, which ended Ridnour's five-year run with the Sonics/Thunder.[2]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–2013)[edit]

On July 21, 2010, Ridnour signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[3] On February 22, 2012, he scored a buzzer-beater with a floater against the Utah Jazz.[4]

Return to Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 11, 2013, Ridnour was reacquired by the Bucks in a three-team transaction that brought Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[5]

Charlotte Bobcats (2014)[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Ridnour was traded to Charlotte along with Gary Neal in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.[6]

Orlando Magic (2014–2015)[edit]

On July 25, 2014, Ridnour signed with the Orlando Magic.[7]

Later career and retirement (2015–2016)[edit]

In June 2015, Ridnour garnered national attention as he was traded four times in the span of six days. On June 24, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to Jānis Timma.[8] On June 25, the Grizzlies sent him to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Matt Barnes;[9] later that same day he was traded, along with a 2016 second-round draft pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jeremy Lamb.[10] Lastly, on June 30, Ridnour was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with cash considerations in exchange for the draft rights to Tomislav Zubčić.[11] Ridnour later stated in an interview with USA Today that he found the whole situation rather "funny", as he and his family were present at their home in Seattle while the moves were unfolding.[12] On July 9, 2015, he was waived by the Raptors,[13] adding to the list of teams he never visited during the two-week period.[12]

On September 21, 2015, Ridnour announced his decision to sit out the 2015–16 season.[14] On June 22, 2016, Ridnour announced his retirement from professional basketball.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Seattle 69 6 16.1 .414 .338 .823 1.6 2.4 .8 .1 5.5
2004–05 Seattle 82 82 31.4 .405 .376 .883 2.5 5.9 1.1 .3 10.0
2005–06 Seattle 79 77 33.2 .418 .289 .877 3.0 7.0 1.6 .3 11.5
2006–07 Seattle 71 58 29.5 .433 .353 .805 2.3 5.2 1.2 .3 11.0
2007–08 Seattle 61 5 20.0 .399 .296 .857 1.5 4.0 .6 .2 6.4
2008–09 Milwaukee 72 50 28.2 .403 .350 .869 3.0 5.1 1.3 .2 9.6
2009–10 Milwaukee 82 0 21.5 .478 .381 .907 1.7 4.0 .7 .1 10.4
2010–11 Minnesota 71 66 30.4 .468 .440 .883 2.8 5.4 1.3 .1 11.8
2011–12 Minnesota 53 53 33.0 .440 .322 .891 2.7 4.8 1.1 .3 12.1
2012–13 Minnesota 82 82 30.2 .453 .311 .848 2.5 3.8 1.0 .2 11.5
2013–14 Milwaukee 36 12 21.2 .384 .368 .684 1.7 3.4 .6 .1 5.7
2013–14 Charlotte 25 2 15.1 .389 .300 .571 1.4 2.2 .4 .2 4.0
2014–15 Orlando 47 0 14.5 .426 .317 .857 1.4 2.0 .4 .1 4.0
Career 830 493 26.1 .431 .349 .857 2.3 4.5 1.0 .2 9.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Seattle 11 11 34.4 .393 .235 .950 3.3 4.3 1.2 .7 9.7
2010 Milwaukee 7 0 17.3 .467 .357 .833 1.9 1.9 .6 .1 8.1
2014 Charlotte 4 0 9.0 .308 .333 .000 1.0 3.0 .0 .3 2.5
Career 22 11 24.3 .406 .297 .906 2.4 3.3 .8 .5 7.9

Personal life[edit]

Ridnour is a Christian. Ridnour has spoken about his faith saying, "Even though I now have more success, fame, and money than I ever dreamed, my relationship with God is the only thing that brings me true peace and satisfaction."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luke Ridnour – Yahoo!.com
  2. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  3. ^ "Wolves Sign Free Agent Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  4. ^ Burke, Timothy (February 22, 2012). "Luke Ridnour's Buzzer-Beating Floater Wasn't Pretty, But Got The Job Done". Deadspin. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ "Bucks Acquire Luke Ridnour in a Three Team Deal". NBA.com. July 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Bobcats Acquire Neal, Ridnour from Bucks in Exchange for Sessions, Adrien Archived 2014-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Magic Sign Luke Ridnour
  8. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Luke Ridnour from Orlando Magic". NBA.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Thunder Acquires Ridnour and Future Draft Pick". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Raptors Acquire Ridnour From Oklahoma City". NBA.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Zillgitt, Jeff (July 2, 2015). "Luke Ridnour finds it 'funny' he's been traded four times in a week". USAToday.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Raptors Waive Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  14. ^ Spears, Marc J. (September 21, 2015). "Source: Veteran guard Luke Ridnour to sit out 2015-16 NBA season". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Lou, William (June 22, 2016). "Luke Ridnour officially announces retirement". theScore. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  16. ^ "Luke Ridnour". Beyond the Ultimate. Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2019.

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