Udrih with the Knicks
|No. 19 – Miami Heat|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
July 5, 1982 |
Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|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)|
|2004–2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2013–2014||New York Knicks|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982) is a Slovenian professional basketball player who plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, and Memphis Grizzlies.
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).
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. The Wolves immediately waived him. 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. 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. 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.
On July 15, 2014, Udrih re-signed with the Grizzlies to a multi-year deal.
NBA career statistics
|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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Udrih won an NBA championship|
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. In 2014, he divorced his wife, Michelle.
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- "Grizzlies claim Beno Udrih off waivers". NBA.com. February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Beno Udrih to multi-year contracts". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "HEAT Acquire Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes". NBA.com. November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
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