The former professional Slovenian player is making his New York Knicks debut this upcoming season and has the potential to bring a spark to the second unit offensively. Although he is 31 years old, Beno Udrih can still play at a high level. Last season with the Orlando Magic, Udrih averaged 10.2 ppg, 6.1 apg, and .9 spg, which are all higher numbers than his career averages.
Even though Udrih will have both Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni ahead of him on the roster, with the history of injuries that the Knicks have had over he last few seasons, it isn’t a far stretch to say that Udrih could receive significant minutes. The Knicks also ranked 30th in assists last season, so even the 6.6 apg that Udrih could bring to the offense would be a huge upgrade.
This upcoming season, Udrih will have to adjust to an offense that primarily relies on Carmelo Anthony for scoring. Last season with the Magic, Udrih received well over 27 minutes a game. In his new surroundings in New York, he might barely average over 15. Udrih will need to turn into an efficient scorer but also a reliable passer. The Knicks will undoubtedly turn to a more team oriented offense this upcoming season due to the lack of success they have had over the last few offseasons. This could be a great opportunity for Udrih to shine in a major market. With the Knicks roster being as old as it is, Udrih could be a reliable piece for the franchise throughout the regular season.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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