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What do you expect from Beno Udrih this season?
Joe Caporoso - Signing Udrih at the price they got him was one of the Knicks best moves of the off-season. He will provide needed depth and flexibility for their two point guard line-ups. I expect him to protect the basketball, facilitate the offense and provide relatively consistent outside shooting. Udrih can be something like “Pablo-Lite” for the Knicks, without the sneakiness but with a better shot. Beyond that, he will Mike Woodson to avoid running down Ray Felton, Prigioni and JR Smith when he returns from injury/suspension.
Chris Celletti - Udrih is stepping into a pretty big role for the Knicks, which makes his shrewd, cap-friendly signing by Glen Grunwald that much more impressive (/sheds tear). He’s replacing Jason Kidd! Which isn’t exactly fair to throw on a guy like Beno Udrih, but there’s certainly some truth to it. We’ll see if the Knicks do stick with a heavy dose of two point guard lineups, but if they do, Udrih is going to get plenty of time. Comparing him to Kidd, though, will forever be a fruitless exercise, because most of the things Kidd did for the Knicks last season were the things that made him a special player – the tipped passes or charges taken on defense, the extra pass made or foul drawn on offense. I don’t expect Udrih to make that type of a nuanced impact, but he should be a pretty effective offensive player. He’s a decent shooter (especially the vaunted pullup jumper in transition!) and, like his fellow New York point guards, takes care of the ball. He doesn’t quite solve the Knicks’ defensive point guard woes, though.
Kevin Smith - To me, the acquisition of Beno Udrih was the most underrated move for the Knicks over the offseason. He is a more than suitable Jason Kidd replacement who should thrive after being rescued from the doldrums of Sacramento, Orlando, and Milwaukee. His jumper may not be perfect, but as long as he makes enough to make opponents respect it, he should see plenty of minutes in the two point guard set. Sure, he won’t bring what Kidd brought on the defensive end of the court, but Hall of Fame point guards don’t just grow on trees (even if they can barely get a bucket in the playoffs). Considering how limited the Knicks flexibility was this offseason, Udrih is as good as it’s going to get. Fans will be especially thankful for his presence if Prigioni or Felton go down with an injury.
Aaron Jacobs - Beno Udrih is a solid all around point guard which is what the Knicks needed behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni for the 2013-2014 season. Felton, while having an up and down season, struggled with injuries in the middle of the 2012-2013 campaign. That injury to his hand really set him back and we didn’t see him return to form until late in the season. Udrih will supply the Knicks with a valuable asset on the bench if the injury bug strikes again. His stats will never blow anyone away, but he is a pass first point guard who can hit the occasional jump shot, that will make him a great fit with this Knicks team.
Tim Murray - Beno Udrih has been a serviceable PG/SG in the league since 2004 and he is a nice piece for the Knicks to have to enrich their depth. Udrih can serve a similar role to that of Kidd last season. I expect that he will play around 20.0 MPG and in that time he must use his experience and veteran status to help spread the floor and mainly lead the team well enough where Woodson can afford to give older guards, Felton and Prigioni a brief rest. If Udrih can come in to take the pressure of Felton and Prigioni and contribute around 6.0 ppg, 4.0 apg with minimal turnovers he will be important in their fight for a championship.