Chase was offered an opportunity on a silver platter this season when the Rockets traded Shane Battier. He went from being a good back-up small forward to a journeyman starter. His minutes actually only increased from 20 to 22 over last season and his scoring average only increased by less than a point. In short, Budinger failed to make himself indispensible. He is a good shooter, but has yet to reach the marksman status that was expected of him. He is not a particularly good defensive player and averaged only 3.6 RPG. That won’t sell many basketball tickets. While Chase is a good backup and has value in tactical situations, the Rockets need to upgrade this position in the offseason.