Beno Udrih Shines As Replacement Player For Orlando Magic

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Beno Udrih wasn’t able to lead the Orlando Magic to a victory Saturday night over the Atlanta Hawks but he still was impressive in taking over a starting spot.

The Magic lost 97-88, have dropped seven in a row on the road and is 8-28 away from home.

Udrih, who came from the Milwaukee Bucks in mid-season to the Magic, was starting at the point for the injured Jameer Nelson, led the Magic (19-55) with 20 points and had eight assists. The Magic fell to 19-55. But the Magic, along with the loss of Nelson, are without Arron Afflalo for the rest of the NBA season.

But Udrih continues to be a surprise story for the Magic as he’s been all season. He’s averaging 7.4 points, 4.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds a game. His floor game has been spectacular with the Magic. He’s again averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 assists per game since he’s been with Orlando. With the Bucks, he was at 6.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. His shooting had declined. He’s at 40 percent for the Magic but was at 47.5 percent for the Bucks. But he’s been coming in handy for a roster-depleted Magic team.

His shooting percentage needs to get much better. Against the Hawks, he was 8-of-23 from the floor and 2-of-5 in 3-pointers. The Magic only used nine players and Udrih gave his team 41 minutes. He’s likely to get a lot of minutes each game for the rest of the season.

If he continues to score points, Udrih is likely to guarantee himself a prominent role with the Magic next season.

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