New York Knicks Player Profile: Beno Udrih Might Be Huge Addition

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Beno Udrih is just what the doctor ordered as far as back up point guards are concerned. He has demonstrated the ability to score and distribute the ball at a healthy clip when he gets the minutes. However,  he appears to struggle on defense at times, as do many European players.  At a cursory glance it would appear as if Udrih is destined for back up minutes, but that may not necessarily be the case. Last year the New York Knicks incorporated several line ups featuring point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd playing alongside one another in the backcourt.

Guard Pablo Prigioni would come in to spell either guard during those scenarios. It would not be a farfetched notion to envision a similar situation this upcoming season. Though Udrih has been shopped around considerably during his NBA career he still has managed to maintain a nine point per game average. Last year that average suffered a bit as he struggled playing backup shooting guard in Milwaukee.

His average almost doubled when he returned to his natural point guard position while in Orlando, where his 39 percent 3-point shooting average was among the best in his career. Beno Udrih is a solid pick up for the New York Knicks and his arrival will return dividends early. Beno’s shooting percentage is bound to go up because the presence of Carmelo Anthony means he’ll likely be wide open more often than not. This may prove to be the biggest sleeper pick up any team in the Atlantic Division has made this off season.

Ricardo Hazell is a freelance sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google.

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