Rodolfo 'Rudy' Fernández Farrés (Palma de Mallorca, Spain, April 4, 1985) is a Spanish basketball player, who plays in the ranks of Real Madrid, in the Endesa League. With 1.96 m occupies the positions of escort (2) or wing (3) and is characterized by its good external shot of two and three points, its speed in the displacements, a huge jumping ability and its ability to steal the ball to the contrary.
He is an absolute international with the Spanish national team since 2004 and with it he has been proclaimed world champion in 2006, three times champion of Europe in 2009, 2011 and 2015 and double Olympic runner-up in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Rudy playing with the Portland Trail Blazers. On October 28, 2008, he officially debuted in the NBA, playing against his compatriot Pau Gasol. Rudy gets 16 points and 4 assists, becoming the best Spanish debutant in the NBA. In addition, in his first year, he became the first NBA player to score at least three times in his first 20 career games.
In mid-January 2009, Rudy became the first European player in history to be designated to participate in an NBA dunk contest after being chosen by fans on the league's official website. Fernandez got 251,868 Internet users to vote for him, winning in the election Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder (147,279 votes) and Joe Alexander of Milwaukee Bucks (114,963) who were the other two contenders to participate in the contest. Days later, the assistant coaches of the NBA teams chose Rudy to be part of the rookies team that would face the second-year players in the Phoenix All Star 2009. On February 15 of that same year, Rudy disputes the Mattes Contest, remaining in last position, being eliminated in the first round with a total of 84 points (42 per mate). The jury was booed by the public when they understood that the scores awarded to Rudy were too low. In his first mate he paid homage to the late Fernando Martin, the first Spaniard to play in the NBA, putting on his shirt. For the second mate he counted on the help of Pau Gasol. On April 16, 2009 he managed to be the Rookie that most triples scored in a season in the NBA to get 159, scoring at least a triple in 72 of 78 games, losing 4 of them due to injury.
On December 17, 2010, Rudy completed his best game in the NBA scoring 26 points and getting 6 rebounds, match in which his team Portland Trail Blazers beat 107-102 Minnesota Timberwolves.
On June 23, 2011, he was traded on the night of the draft to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the rights to the 26th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, Jordan Hamilton, which the Blazers transferred to the Denver Nuggets along with Andre Miller in exchange. by Raymond Felton. Finally on December 13, 2011, the player leaves the Dallas Mavericks without debuting to join the Denver Nuggets. At the end of the season, seeing that his contribution to the team would be scarce, he decided to leave the American franchise to enroll again in the ranks of Real Madrid.
His first stay at Real Madrid, occurs after decreeing in the summer of 2011 by the NBA a "lock out" or lockout because no agreement reached with the players regarding the collective agreement and the players of this league remain in freedom to sign with any team in the world. Rudy started the 2011/12 season in the ranks of Real Madrid, only to return to the United States a few months later to the Denver Nuggets, after the reopening of the NBA.16
At the end of the 2011/12 season of the NBA, he ends his American stage to return to Real Madrid, signing a contract for three seasons, becoming one of the highest paid European players.15 His arrival as a star to the merengue squad, It was a turning point both in the competitiveness, in the media repercussion of the team and enthusiasm in the fans. In its first three seasons, the team has fulfilled the highest expectations, by consecutively playing three Euroleague finals, a final that was not reached for 18 years and achieving the longed-for "Ninth" European Cup in the Final Four of Madrid 2015 .
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