The New York Knicks made a quality transaction today by signing veteran point guard Beno Udrih to a one year, veteran’s minimum contract. Udrih fills an area of need for the team, who needed depth behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, along with a capable point guard to run their second unit.
Udrih split time between Milwaukee and Orlando last season, finishing the season with the Magic. In 27 games with Orlando, he started 9 times and averaged 10.2 points, 6.1 assists, and shot roughly 40% from the field. His best season came in 2010-11 for the Sacramento Kings when he averaged 13.7 points, 4.9 assists and started 67 games.
His presence will allow the Knicks to stay with their two point guard starting line-up, which was instrumental in their late season surge. Udrih is a quality backup and can be a spot starter if there are injuries. The Knicks have done a terrific job of adding depth to their roster by getting both Ron Artest and now Udrih to sign to low cost contracts. Without their question, their overall talent level and depth has improved from last year’s 54 win squad.
At this point, the Knicks roster currently looks like this (we use positions loosely, as the Knicks bounce back and forth between small ball and know Iman Shumpert can be put into either the frontcourt or backcourt rotation)
Frontcourt Rotation - Tyson Chandler – Carmelo Anthony – Iman Shumpert – Ron Artest – Andrea Bargnani – Amare Stoudemire – Kenyon Martin
Backcourt Rotation - Ray Felton – Pablo Prigioni – JR Smith – Beno Udrih
Young Pups/Depth - Tim Hardaway Jr, CJ Leslie, Jeremy Tyler
There is still one roster open, where the Knicks could add another big or potentially bring in Toure Murry to develop long term in the backcourt.
Well done, Glen Grunwald. Well done.