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Beno Udrih
Sacramento Kings  – No. 19[1]
Point guard
Born July 5, 1982 (1982-07-05) (age 27)
Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League NBA
Salary $6,031,800[1]
Draft 28th overall, 2004
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1997–present
Former teams KK Kovinotehna Polzela (1997–2000)
Olimpija Ljubljana (2000–2002)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2002–2003)
Avtodor Saratov (2004)
Breil Milano (2004)
San Antonio Spurs (2004–2007)
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Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982 in Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. He re-signed a five-year contract with the team in July 2008.[2]

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Early career

Udrih is left-handed, and comes from a family of basketball players. His father Silvo played for Laško, and his brother Samo Udrih is currently playing for MMT Estudiantes in Spain.[3]

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

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.[4] The Wolves immediately waived him.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[2]

On July 1, 2008, Udrih agreed to a 5-year contract with the Sacramento Kings after being courted by the Los Angeles Clippers.[7]

NBA career statistics

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

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 54 3 10.9 .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
Career 345 129 20.4 .445 .352 .821 1.9 2.9 .6 .1 7.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 San Antonio 21 0 11.5 .359 .270 .857 .8 1.0 .4 .1 3.7
2005–06 San Antonio 7 0 6.7 .333 .167 .800 .6 1.1 .0 .0 3.6
2006–07 San Antonio 8 0 2.5 .000 .000 1.000 .1 .1 .0 .0 .3
Career 36 0 8.6 .333 .244 .857 .6 .9 .2 .0 2.9

References

  1. ^ a b Sacramento Kings Roster - 2009-10
  2. ^ a b Kings re-sign Udrih to five-year contract
  3. ^ ACB
  4. ^ a b Wolves get younger with buyout of Howard's contract Updated October 29, 2007
  5. ^ Kings Sign Udrih to Fill in for Bibby. Posted November 2, 2007
  6. ^ San Antonio vs. Sacramento recap. Posted November 26, 2007
  7. ^ Point guard says he and Kings agree to five-year contract. Posted July 1, 2008

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