2012 NBA Dunk Contest: Chase Budinger Is Air Bud

Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger takes center stage when he competes in Saturday's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger takes center stage when he competes in Saturday's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

"Air Bud" was the 44th pick in 2009 NBA Draft with the Detroit Pistons and was then dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets, where he has played his entire NBA career.

While Budinger might not come to mind when you think of great dunkers in the NBA, let this video show you he belongs:

Budinger might want to use the baseline in the contest, especially if he's going to try and attempt a dunk like this one again:

And of course, to show just how serious Budinger is for the contest, here's "viral" video of him dunking on 7'6 "Yao Ming."


Air Bud isn't the name you look at and think "slam dunk champ" but he might just surprise you.

The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will be the final event held during All-Star Saturday Night festivities, which begin 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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