A Brief Introduction To The New Bobcats In Town

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At 12:41 pm EST, with approximately 2 hours left before the NBA’s trade deadline, the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell broke the news that the Charlotte Bobcats completed a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks that saw Charlotte acquiring Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal and the Cats sending Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien to Milwaukee. Charlotte has two new players to embrace so I thought a brief introduction was in order:

Luke Ridnour

-Point Guard/Shooting Guard

-Height: 6-2; Weight: 175

-Shoots: Right

-Born: February 13th, 1981 in Couer d’Alene, Idaho

-Grew up in Blaine, Washington

-Won 2 state-championships at Blaine High School

-His father, Rob Ridnour, is a former high school basketball coach and is the current coach of the International Basketball League’s Bellingham Slam in Bellingham, Washington

-Age: 33; played 10 NBA seasons

-1st round pick, 14th overall, of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2003 NBA Draft

-Played 5 seasons for Seattle, but never played in a regular season game for Oklahoma City. Also played in 3 seasons for Minnesota and had a previous stint with Milwaukee for 2 seasons.

-Played in two NBA Playoffs with the 2004-2005 Seattle Supersonics and 2009-2010 Milwaukee Bucks.

-8th highest active NBA free-throw percentage

-Career averages: 27.1 minutes, 43.2% FG, 35.1% 3PT, 86.4 FT%, 9.8 points, 4.7 assists

-Career-best averages: 33.2 minutes (’05-’06 Seattle), 47.8% FG (’09-’10 Milwaukee), 44.0% 3PT (’10-’11 Minnesota), 90.7% FT (’09-’10 Milwaukee), 12.1 points (’11-’12 Minnesota), 7.0 assists (’05-’06 Seattle)

-Playoff averages: 27.7 minutes, 41.4% FG, 29.0% 3PT, 90.6% FT, 9.1 points, 3.3 assists

-2013-2014 season averages: 36 games (12 starts), 21.2 minutes, 38.4% FG (career low), 36.8% 3PT, 68.4% FT (career low), 5.7 points (lowest since rookie year) 3.4 assists (lowest since rookie year)

-Season highs: 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-5 3PT) on  1/11/14 vs. Oklahoma City. 9 assists twice, 11/22/13 vs. Philadelphia and 1/15/14 vs. Memphis

-Career highs: 32 points on 11/13/06 vs. New Jersey. 15 assists twice, 4/18/06 vs. Sacramento and 2/26/08 vs. Golden State

-Contract: ’13-’14, $4.32 million; ’14-’15, unrestricted free agent

-Traded by the Milwaukee Bucks (as a future 2003 1st round pick) on February 20th, 2003 with Ray Allen, Ronald Murray, and Kevin Ollie to the Seattle SuperSonics for Desmond Mason and Gary Payton.

-In a 3-team trade, he was traded, along with Adrian Griffin, by the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 13th, 2008 to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Damon Jones to Milwaukee. The Cavaliers traded Joe Smith to Oklahoma City. Milwaukee traded Mo Williams to Cleveland, and the Bucks traded Desmond Mason to the Thunder.

-In a 3-team trade, Ridnour and a 2014 2nd round pick were traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee traded Szymon Szewczyk to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City traded cash to Milwaukee and the Thunder traded Kevin Martin and cash to Minnesota.

-College: Oregon

-2000 McDonald’s All-American

-Led Oregon to the NCAA Tournament twice, including an Elite 8 appearance in 2002

-During his final season at Oregon, his junior year, he averaged 19.7 PPG and 6.6 APG

-Named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a sophomore and as as junior

-Named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year as a junior and also earned the Pac-10 Tournament MVP Award, only the 2nd player ever to do that in the same season at the time

-Became the first Oregon Duck to win Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors

-Only Oregon player to start every game in his career

-Set the school season record for assists (218) and a Pac-10 conference record for 62 consecutive free throws

-Finished his career ranked 3rd all-time at Oregon in assists, 2nd in steals, 3rd in three-pointers, 9th in scoring, 10th in free-throws made, 2nd in free-throw percentage and 8th in three-point field-goal percentage

Gary Neal

-Shooting Guard

-Shoots: Right

-Height: 6-4; Weight: 210

-Born: October 3rd, 1984 in Baltimore, Maryland

-Attended Aberdeen High School and Calvert Hall College High School in Maryland

-Age: 29; 3 NBA seasons

-Went undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft

-Played 3 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and in his first season with Milwaukee, he played in 30 games for the Bucks

-Career averages: 21.3 minutes, 42.7% FG, 39.3% 3PT, 82.1% FT, 9.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists

-Career best averages: 21.8 minutes (’12-’13 San Antonio), 45.1% FG (’10-’11 San Antonio), 41.9% 3PT (’10-’11/’11-’12 San Antonio), 86.5% FT (’12-’13 San Antonio), 10.0 points (’13-’14 Milwaukee), 2.5 rebounds (’10-’11 San Antonio), 2.1 assists (’11-’12 San Antonio)

Playoff averages: 17.5 minutes, 41.1 FG%, 36.4% 3PT, 94.4% FT, 7.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists

-2013-2014 season averages: 30 games (2 starts), 20.2 minutes, 39.0% FG (career worst), 36.0% 3PT, 83.3% FT, 10.0 points (career high), 1.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists

-2010-2011 NBA All-Rookie 1st team. Only the 2nd undrafted rookie to make the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in league history

-Played for Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey in 2007-2008, FC Barcelona in Spain in 2008, and Pallacanestro Treviso in Italy from 2008-2010. All-Eurocup 2nd team in 2009.

-Signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs on July 22nd, 2010

-Signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks on July, 30th, 2013

-Contract: ’13-’14: $3.25 million, ’14-’15: $3.25 million, ’15-’16: Unrestricted free agent

-Season high: 23 points on 11/6/13 vs. Cleveland. He shot 8 of 15 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point land.

-Career high: 29 points on 12/10/12 vs. Houston. Made a career-high 7 3-pointers

-On April 27th, 2011, in Game 5 of the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs, the Spurs were trailing the Memphis Grizzlies 97-94 and the series was at 3 games to one, in favor of Memphis. Neal made a buzzer-beating three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the 4th quarter. The Spurs ended up defeating the Grizzlies 110-103 in overtime.

-On June 11th, 2013, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Neal scored a playoff career hight 24 points, going 9 of 17 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point land. The Spurs obliterated the Miami Heat 113-77 that night.

-College: Towson (1st two years he attended La Salle; spent last two years  at Towson and graduated from there)

-College averages: 21.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists

-2003 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year

-Led La Salle in scoring during both of his seasons there

-All-Atlantic 10 2nd team in 2004 at La Salle

-All-CAA 1st team in 2007, All-CAA 2nd team in 2006 at Towson

-Led Towson to the 2nd round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament

-Neal became the 4th player in NCAA history to score at least 1,000 points with two different schools (1,041 at La Salle; 1,254 at Towson)

-Set Towson’s single-season scoring record with 810 points as a senior



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