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.
|Born||February 13, 1981|
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Blaine (Blaine, Washington)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||7,740 (9.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,877 (2.3 rpg)|
|Assists||3,713 (4.5 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–2013)Edit
Return to Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2014)Edit
Charlotte Bobcats (2014)Edit
Orlando Magic (2014–2015)Edit
On July 25, 2014, Ridnour signed with the Orlando Magic.
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. On June 25, the Grizzlies sent him to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Matt Barnes; 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. Lastly, on June 30, Ridnour was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with cash considerations in exchange for the draft rights to Tomislav Zubčić. 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. On July 9, 2015, he was waived by the Raptors, adding to the list of teams he never visited during the two-week period.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
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."
- Luke Ridnour – Yahoo!.com
- "Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Wolves Sign Free Agent Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- Burke, Timothy (February 22, 2012). "Luke Ridnour's Buzzer-Beating Floater Wasn't Pretty, But Got The Job Done". Deadspin. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
- "Bucks Acquire Luke Ridnour in a Three Team Deal". NBA.com. July 11, 2013.
- Bobcats Acquire Neal, Ridnour from Bucks in Exchange for Sessions, Adrien Archived 2014-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Magic Sign Luke Ridnour
- "Grizzlies acquire Luke Ridnour from Orlando Magic". NBA.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- "Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "Thunder Acquires Ridnour and Future Draft Pick". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "Raptors Acquire Ridnour From Oklahoma City". NBA.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- 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.
- "Raptors Waive Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
- 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.
- Lou, William (June 22, 2016). "Luke Ridnour officially announces retirement". theScore. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
- "Luke Ridnour". Beyond the Ultimate. Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2019.