Jared Anthony Dudley is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dudley played his college basketball for the Boston College Eagles. He was a perennial starter for the Eagles as he started in every game in his first three years. He was nicknamed as ‘Junkyard Dog’ for his toughness. In his sophomore year, Dudley scored a career-high 36 points against Villanova. During his senior year, he averaged 19 points and 3 assists per game leading the team in both the stats and was chosen as one of the teams’ two captains. He was named ACC Player of the Year for 2007 and was a second-team All-American at the conclusion of his final season.
Dudley was drafted as the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. Contrary to projections, Dudley quickly established himself into Bobcats’ rotation and was often seen starting for them. Twenty games into the 2008 season, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. Dudley played a crucial role for the Suns in the 2010 NBA Playoffs playing all of Suns 16 games and shooting 42.4 percent from the three-point line. Dudley kept on improving every season. In 2012, he scored a career-high 36 points on 11-of-17 shooting along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists against the New York Knicks.
In 2013, Dudley was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he was their starting small forward until he was replaced by Matt Barnes. In 2014, Dudley was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In a 107-77 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, he became the first player to shoot 100 percent from the field for an entire game on at least 10 overall shots and 3 three-point shots. He converted all of his 10 field goals attempts and 4 of his shots from the three-point line ending the with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists while coming off the bench.
Dudley was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2015 for the protected future second-round pick. He signed back with the Phoenix Suns in 2016. Due to a left toe ligament and bone procedure, he was sidelined for 3 to 4 months of the 2017-18 season. In the 2018 off-season, Dudley, along with a protected 2021 second-round draft pick, was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Darrell Arthur.