Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982) is a Slovenian professional basketball player who last played for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). He previously played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. During his time with the Spurs, Udrih won two NBA titles in 2005 and 2007.
Udrih with the Pistons in 2016
|Born||July 5, 1982|
Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||203 lb (92 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|2002–2003||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2004–2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2013–2014||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Udrih made his professional debut with a brief stint in the Slovenian Second Basketball League in 1997, followed by three seasons in the Slovenian Basketball League. He was named the 2000 Slovenian League Rookie of the Year, and has played for the senior Slovenian national team since that same year. He played for Union Olimpija, from 2000 to 2002, where he made great improvements, and played in the 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 Olimpia Milano (Italy).
Prior to his NBA debut, he appeared in the Southern California Summer Pro League for the Spurs, and also in three games with the Spurs squad in the 2004 Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue, while averaging 10.3 points, 5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24.7 minutes per game.
San Antonio Spurs (2004–2007)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.
Sacramento Kings (2007–2011)Edit
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.
Milwaukee Bucks (2011–2013)Edit
Orlando Magic (2013)Edit
New York Knicks (2013–2014)Edit
Memphis Grizzlies (2014–2015)Edit
Miami Heat (2015–2016)Edit
On November 10, 2015, Udrih was traded, along with Jarnell Stokes, to the Miami Heat in exchange for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis. Two days later, he made his debut for the Heat in a 92–91 win over the Utah Jazz, recording two points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. On February 24, 2016, he was ruled out for three months after requiring surgery for a torn plantar plate in his right foot. He was subsequently waived by the Heat five days later.
Detroit Pistons (2016–2017)Edit
On October 24, 2016, Udrih was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Pistons. He re-signed with the Pistons on September 25, 2017, but was waived on October 14, 2017 prior to the start of the 2017–18 season.
Žalgiris Kaunas (2017–2018)Edit
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
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 Udrih won an NBA championship|
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- "Wolves get younger with buyout of Howard's contract". ESPN.com. October 29, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2007.
- "Kings Sign Udrih to Fill in for Bibby". NBA.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
- "Udrih drops career-high 27 as Kings hand Spurs third loss of year". ESPN.com. November 26, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2007.
- "Kings re-sign Udrih to five-year contract". ESPN.com. July 9, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
- "Point guard says he and Kings agree to five-year contract". ESPN.com. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
- "Bucks part of 3-team draft day trade". NBC15.com. June 24, 2011. Archived from the original on December 28, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
- "Magic Acquire Harris, Lamb and Udrih From Milwaukee; Warrick from Charlotte". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- "PG Beno Udrih signs with Knicks". ESPN.com. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Knicks Waive Metta World Peace And Beno Udrih". KnicksNow.com. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "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.
- "Bosh scores 25, Johnson adds 17 and Heat top Jazz 92-91". NBA.com. February 28, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- "BENO UDRIH TO UNDERGO RIGHT FOOT SURGERY". NBA.com. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
- "HEAT Waive Beno Udrih". NBA.com. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
- "HEAT Re-sign Beno Udrih". NBA.com. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "HEAT Waives Five Players". NBA.com. October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
- "Pistons claim Beno Udrih off waivers; cut Ray McCallum". NBA.com. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "Pistons sign Udrih, Willis, Nnoko; announce camp roster". The Detroit News. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- "Report: Pistons waive Beno Udrih". 247sports.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- "Į Kauną atvyksta dukart NBA čempionas slovėnas B.Udrihas". zalgiris.lt (in Lithuanian). December 24, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
- "BENO UDRIH BIO". PeakSportsUSA.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.