Fernández playing for Real Madrid in 2016
|No. 5 - Real Madrid|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||April 4, 1985|
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|2008-2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rodolfo "Rudy" Fernández Farrés (Spanish pronunciation: ['ruði fe?'nande?]; born April 4, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall shooting guard and small forward. He is a three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection and won the EuroLeague title in 2015 and 2018. During his stint in the NBA, he was an NBA All-Rookie Second Team member.
Fernández represents the senior Spain national team internationally. He has won two FIBA World Cup titles, in 2006 and 2019, two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012, as well as a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He also won three EuroBasket titles in 2009, 2011, and 2015, a silver medal in 2007, and a bronze medal in 2013. Fernández earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection in 2009.
Rudy Fernández won the 2005 and 2007 Catalan Tournaments, the 2006 FIBA EuroChallenge championship, the 2008 Spanish King's Cup title, and the 2008 EuroCup championship, while playing with DKV Joventut of the Spanish ACB League.
He also won numerous personal awards while playing with DKV Joventut, such as the 2004 Spanish King's Cup MVP, the 2006 FIBA EuroChallenge Final Four MVP, the EuroLeague 2006-07 season's Rising Star award, the 2008 Spanish King's Cup MVP, the 2008 EuroCup Finals MVP, and the 2007 Catalan Tournament Final MVP.
He was also named the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year. In July 2007, his contract with Joventut was extended through the year 2011, however his contract was bought out early in the year 2008 so that he could join the NBA. On his exit out of the club he paid tribute to his DKV coach, Aíto García Reneses, "All I know of basketball is thanks to Aíto García Reneses", he said.
On June 28, 2007, Fernández was taken 24th overall in the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, who subsequently traded his draft rights along with James Jones to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash. Rudy Fernández announced at a press conference on Friday, June 6, 2008, that he would leave DKV Joventut to join the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2008-09 NBA season, and he signed a contract with the Blazers on July 1. "They [Portland] have shown a lot of interest in getting me and have assured me that I will be an important part in the team", he said. Fernández joined the NBA team on September 22, 2008. He became the eighth Spaniard to play in the NBA. For the 2008-09 NBA season he joined several other fellow Spaniards in the league that included Pau and Marc Gasol, Jose Calderón, and Trail Blazers teammate Sergio Rodríguez. He entered the NBA following his participation with the Spain national team at the 2008 Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing, China.
Fernández played in his first regular-season NBA game on October 28, 2008, coming off the bench to score 16 points in a 96-76 Portland loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. On November 12, 2008; Rudy scored 25 points in 29 minutes against the Miami Heat, including 8 of 8 from the free throw line adding to his already 92% FT shooting to set a new NBA career high. On January 18, 2009, it was announced that Fernández had won the fan voting and was picked the fourth dunker to go to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2009 All-Star Weekend. During the contest, he paid tribute to the late Trail Blazer Fernando Martín by wearing his #10 jersey. Fernández was eliminated in the first round of the competition, after what some thought was biased judging.
On March 9, 2009, against the Los Angeles Lakers, Fernández was taken off the court in a stretcher after Trevor Ariza hit him on the head on a fastbreak attempt. This occurred after dropping 40 points in the third quarter. Fernández was alert and conscious when leaving the court with full movement of his extremities, however, he was taken to the hospital due to chest pain. He was released from the hospital the next day with a bruised chest and a right hip pointer.
Fernández was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team on April 30, 2009. He set NBA rookie records for number of three-point field goals made (159), hitting a three-point field goal in 33 consecutive games, and making a three-pointer in his first 20 career NBA games.
On October 16, 2009, Blazers announced that they had exercised the third year of their option on Fernández's contract, keeping him with the team through the 2010-11 season.
On August 20, 2010 Fernández was fined $25,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA," a day after his agent publicly demanded a trade from the Blazers. On December 17, 2010 he hit 9-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for a career-high 26 points with six assists in a 107-102 win against Minnesota. Fernandez along with teammate Patty Mills donated 50% of the proceeds from their jerseys sales, throughout the month of January, to help those affected by the floods in Australia. Fernández had a season-high eight assists on January 22 to go with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes off the bench as a PG in the 97-92 win against Indiana. Disappointed Fernández and his team, for the third consecutive time, exited the first round of the playoffs, this time against the Dallas Mavericks. Fernández struggled offensively for a good part of the year, but his improved play in other areas of the game has earned him praise from his peers. Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, who isn't known to hand out compliments easily, singled out his defensive play in the second half of Game 4 against the Mavericks as the key to the 84-82 win.
During the 2011 NBA Draft Rudy Fernández was traded to the Mavericks in a three-team trade. However, he never played for the Mavericks, as he was traded with Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets on December 13, 2011. The Mavericks received a second-round draft pick.
On September 21, 2011, Fernández signed a one-year contract with the Liga ACB team Real Madrid, valid only while a new NBA collective bargaining agreement remained under negotiation. Fernández signed for a reported salary of 2.7 million euros net income per season, the largest contract in Spanish league history, at that time. His deal also gave him the option to return to Real when his NBA contract ended.
On July 4, 2012, Fernández returned to Real Madrid by signing a three-year deal worth 9 million euros net income. In May 2014, alongside his teammate Sergio Rodríguez, he was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team of the EuroLeague, the second consecutive in his career.
On August 14, 2014, he signed a three-year extension with Real Madrid, to stay in the club until 2018. In May 2015, he was chosen to the All-EuroLeague Second Team for his performance during the season. Real Madrid won the EuroLeague 2014-15 season championship, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78-59 in the final game. Real Madrid finished the season winning the Spanish League 2014-15 season championship, after a 3-0 series sweep in the ACB finals against Barcelona. With that trophy, they finished the season having won the triple crown.
In May 2018, Real Madrid won the 2017-18 EuroLeague championship, after defeating Fenerbahçe Do?u? in the final game with 85-80. Over 30 EuroLeague games, Fernández averaged 7.5 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. One month later, the club won the Spanish league after a 3-1 series win against Baskonia. Ferández was named MVP of the finals.
On July 2, 2018, he signed a two-year extension with Real Madrid, to stay in the club until 2020.
Fernández has been participating in international basketball competitions since he was sixteen years old. He played at the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship with the Spain national junior teams.
As a member of the senior Spain national team, Fernández competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics, averaging 5.1 points per game, in 10.6 minutes per game. The next year, he played at the EuroBasket 2005, but his statistics were worse: 2.7 points per game, in 16.3 minutes, with a 31.6% FG% His third appearance with Spain's senior national team was at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he became an important player for the Spanish team, and contributed with 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game, to help his team win a gold medal.
He also played at the EuroBasket 2007, where Spain won the tournament's silver medal. During this tournament, Rudy averaged 9.9 points in 20.3 minutes per game. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Spain lost to Team USA in the gold medal match. Fernández scored 22 points in 18 minutes of play, with 5 three-point goals, and completed a dunk over Dwight Howard that ESPN sportswriter Bill Simmons described as "hellacious". During the Olympics, Fernández had the following stats: 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, in 22.3 minutes per game.
The EuroBasket 2009 in Poland was his sixth consecutive appearance with the Spain national team. Spain won its inaugural gold medal in a European Championship, and Fernández averaged 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game, in 28.4 minutes, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
In the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Fernández averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, but Spain only took sixth place in the tournament. Fernández then participated in EuroBasket 2011, where Spain won the gold medal, and clinched a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he won a silver medal with Spain. He also played at EuroBasket 2013, where he won a bronze medal, at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, at EuroBasket 2015, where he won a gold medal, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal.
Fernández married Helen Lindes, his girlfriend of three years, on the 4th of July 2015. They live in Pozuelo de Alarcón, on the outskirts of Madrid. His older sister, Marta Fernández, played in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2007.
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|+||Denotes seasons in which Fernández won the EuroLeague|