Player Capsules: Beno Udrih
By John Denton
May 2, 2013
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic’s run of six straight seasons in the playoffs is over, ending the Eastern Conference’s longest such streak. But not all is lost for a Magic franchise with a bright future.
The Magic have a history of success that says that the franchise will soon be back in the NBA’s postseason. In the past 20 years, the Magic have made the playoffs 14 times – the fifth most times of any NBA franchise. And since the 1992-93 season, Orlando has had a .500-or-better record 16 times – also the fourth-best mark in the NBA over that time frame.
There are plenty of positives to come out of the 2012-13 season as the Magic have established a core of promising young players and they have a base of veterans expected to return next season.
Orlando also has secured the best odds at getting the top overall pick in the June 27 NBA Draft. The draft order will be determined in the May 21 NBA lottery, a process in which the Magic have a 25 percent chance of winning. The Magic have won the NBA’s top overall pick three times, and the last time they were in this situation they won the top pick and used it to select Dwight Howard in 2004.
Looking back on the 2012-13 season, we here at orlandomagic.com are going to spend the next three weeks breaking down each of the players currently on the Magic roster. We’ll look at their stats, highs and lows from the season, a favorite moment and analyze their role for the future.
So without further ado, here is today’s Magic player capsule:
NAME: Beno Udrih
JERSEY NUMBER: 19
HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-3, 203
POSITION: Point guard
NBA SEASONS: 9
2012-13 SEASON STATS (WITH MAGIC): 27 games, 10.2 ppg., 2.3 rpg., 6.1 apg., 40.8 percent FG, 39.6 percent 3-point FG, 85.7 percent FT.
2012-13 SEASON HIGHS: 27 points (April 5 vs. Bulls); 7 rebounds (March 30 vs. Hawks); 14 assists (April 17 vs. Heat); 3 steals (two times – latest April 3 vs. Spurs); 1 block (three times – latest April 13 vs. Celtics); 47 minutes (April 10 vs. Bucks).
BEST MOMENT: Udrih almost single-handedly led the Magic to a win in Chicago on April 5 when he scored 18 points in the third quarter alone and 27 in the game. He drilled two 3-pointers, four pick-and-roll jumpers and four free throws in the third quarter, including a stretch where he scored 14 straight points for the Magic. However, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau made an adjustment by putting forward Jimmy Butler on Udrih in the fourth quarter and the Magic point guard never scored again. He slipped and fell on the game’s final play, and the Magic never got much of a shot at trying to win the game.
OF NOTE: After coming to the Magic in a Feb. 21 trade along with Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb, Udrih helped to steady the point guard position and he filled in nicely for the injured Jameer Nelson down the stretch. He made nine starts, averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 assists in those games. During his time with the Magic, he led the team in scoring twice and in assists 13 times. He scored in double digits with the Magic 15 times and had five double-digit assist games with Orlando.
FUTURE ROLE WITH THE MAGIC: As is so often the case, Udrih’s future with the Magic will likely come down to the size of his contract. If he and the Magic can agree on a short-term deal, he would continue to be a nice fit in Orlando because of his chemistry with head coach Jacque Vaughn and his willingness to come off the bench. Udrih was the consummate professional during his time in Orlando, working hard while trying to prove that he can still be an effective scorer and playmaker in the NBA. He said repeatedly that he was delighted to leave Milwaukee and play for the Magic. Vaughn played him with Nelson some and used him as a starter when Nelson sprained his ankle. Considering Nelson’s long injury history, the Magic will need a solid back-up point guard capable of playing starter’s minutes from time-to-time. Udrih, who has family in the Tampa area and would welcome a return to Central Florida, could very well be that point guard for the Magic – if the price is right contractually.
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