Beno Udrih

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Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih Knicks.jpg
Udrih with the Knicks
No. 19 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-07-05) July 5, 1982 (age 32)
Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro playing career 1997–present
Career history
1997–2000 KK Kovinotehna Polzela (Slovenia)
2000–2002 Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002–2003 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
2003–2004 Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
2004 Breil Milano (Italy)
20042007 San Antonio Spurs
20072011 Sacramento Kings
20112013 Milwaukee Bucks
2013 Orlando Magic
2013–2014 New York Knicks
2014–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982) is a Slovenian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He previously played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks.[1]

Early career[edit]

Udrih made his professional debut with a brief stint in the Slovenian secondary league in 1997, followed by three seasons in that country's premier league, the UPC Telemach League. He was named the 2000 Slovenian League Rookie of the Year, and has played for the Slovenian national team since that same year. He played for Olimpija Ljubljana in 2000–2002 season where he made great improvement and played in Euroleague for the first time. Udrih played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2002–2003 season, and split the 2003–2004 season among Avtodor Saratov (Russia) and Breil Milano (Italy). From 2004 to 2007 he played with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

Prior to his NBA debut, he appeared in the Southern California Summer Pro League for the Spurs, and also appeared in three games with the Spurs squad in the 2004 Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue while averaging 10.3 PPG, 5 APG, 4.7 RPG, 1.33 SPG, 24.7 MPG, and shooting .542 (13–24).

NBA career[edit]

Udrih signed with the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2004 after being drafted with the 28th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, signing a 3-year, US$2.4 million contract, and served as a key backup for starting point guard Tony Parker. In Udrih's rookie season, he won a Rookie of the Month award. Following that achievement, he was selected for the Rookie Team for the Rookie Challenge during All Star Weekend. In the 2005 NBA playoffs he won the championship with the Spurs. However, Udrih's playing time dropped significantly in the 2005–06 season with the Spurs signing Nick Van Exel during the off-season, but increased again after the All-Star break due to an injury to Van Exel's elbow. In the following 2006–07 NBA season and playoffs (where the Spurs won another NBA championship) his minutes were very limited, as the Spurs signed veteran point guard Jacque Vaughn to back up Tony Parker.

On October 27, 2007, Udrih was sent, along with cash considerations, by the Spurs to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected 2008 second-round draft pick.[2] The Wolves immediately waived him.[2] He was later signed by the Sacramento Kings as a fill in for starting point guard Mike Bibby, who was out with an injured thumb for an estimated two months.[3] He stepped up well in his new role as starting point guard, scoring a career-high of 27 points on November 26, 2007 in a 112–99 win against his former team, the San Antonio Spurs.[4] He averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game in 65 games with the Kings in 2007–08.[5]

On July 1, 2008, Udrih agreed to a 5-year contract with the Sacramento Kings after being courted by the Los Angeles Clippers.[6]

On June 23, 2011, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-way deal among the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.[7]

On February 21, 2013, Udrih was traded at the trade deadline to the Orlando Magic along with Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb in exchange for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith.[8]

On August 8, 2013, Udrih signed a one-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $1.27 million.[9] On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.[10]

On February 27, 2014, Udrih was claimed off waivers by the Memphis Grizzlies.[11]

On July 15, 2014, Udrih re-signed with the Grizzlies to a multi-year deal.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 San Antonio 80 2 14.4 .444 .408 .753 1.0 1.9 .5 .1 5.9
2005–06 San Antonio 55 3 10.7 .455 .343 .780 1.0 1.7 .3 .0 5.1
2006–07 San Antonio 73 1 13.0 .369 .287 .883 1.1 1.7 .4 .0 4.7
2007–08 Sacramento 65 51 32.0 .463 .387 .850 3.3 4.3 .9 .2 12.8
2008–09 Sacramento 73 72 31.1 .461 .310 .820 3.0 4.7 1.1 .2 11.0
2009–10 Sacramento 79 41 31.4 .493 .377 .837 2.8 4.7 1.1 .1 12.9
2010–11 Sacramento 79 64 34.6 .500 .357 .864 3.4 4.9 1.2 .1 13.7
2011–12 Milwaukee 59 0 18.3 .440 .288 .709 1.7 3.8 .6 .0 5.9
2012–13 Milwaukee 39 0 18.4 .475 .265 .727 2.0 3.5 .4 .1 6.7
2012–13 Orlando 27 9 27.3 .408 .396 .857 2.3 6.1 .9 .0 10.2
2013–14 New York 31 12 19.0 .425 .425 .833 1.8 3.5 .7 .1 5.6
2013–14 Memphis 10 0 5.5 .556 1.0 .833 0.2 0.6 .1 .1 2.7
Career 659 255 23.3 .461 .355 .826 2.2 3.6 .8 .1 8.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 San Antonio 21 0 11.5 .359 .270 .857 .8 1.0 .4 .0 3.7
2006 San Antonio 7 0 6.7 .333 .167 .800 .6 1.1 .0 .0 3.6
2007 San Antonio 8 0 2.5 .000 .000 1.000 .1 .1 .0 .0 .3
2014 Memphis 7 0 16.4 .467 .333 .692 1.7 1.7 .4 .0 7.9
Career 43 0 9.8 .371 .263 .794 .8 1.0 .3 .0 3.7

Personal[edit]

Udrih comes from a family of basketball players. His father Silvo played for Rudar Trbovlje, and his brother, Samo Udrih, is also a professional basketball player.[13] In 2014, he divorced from wife, Michelle.

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