Orlando Magic Needs To Take Closer Look at Beno Udrih

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Beno Udrih takes pride in hitting big shots. He certainly got one Sunday night for the Orlando Magic against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He was among the Magic players to nail a triple in the final minutes of play to produce a 99-91 win for the Magic, who have been starving for victories lately. It came against a struggling 76ers team but Udrih and the Magic will take it.

Udrih also helped the Magic in terms of playing good defense for a squad that held the Sixers to 40 second-half points.

This game gave Udrih got 26 minutes and 18 seconds of court time, and he was 3-of-4 from the floor, 1-of-2 in 3-point shooting and 3-of-4 in the free throw range. He dished out six assists and had one steal. The fact that he had three turnovers wasn’t good but the Magic was able to overcome that.

Cutting down on turnovers, however, remains a priority for Udrih if he wants to get more playing time.

It was one of the better games of the season for a veteran guard who is averaging 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 4.0 averages a game. He’s been a role player since coming over from the Milwaukee Bucks in the J.J. Redick trade.

It was figured that Udrih’s addition to the Magic would solidify the guard position. He was averaging 18.4 minutes a game for Milwaukee in 39 outings, and has been averaging three full minutes more per game with the Magic. His contract expires at the end of the season, so it’s not clear what his future might be. That’s why the Magic should give him extensive playing time in future weeks.

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