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Beno Udrih

Personal information
Born/Birth date: July 5, 1982
Birth Place: Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality: Slovenian
Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Spouse: Michelle Udrih (m. 2011–2014)
Salary: 15.5 lakhs USD (2016)
Education: First High School in Celje
Career information
NBA draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career: 1997–2018
Position: Point guard / Shooting guard
Career history
1997–2000 Hopsi Polzela
2000–2002 Union Olimpija
2002–2003 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2003–2004 Avtodor Saratov
2004        Olimpia Milano
2004–2007 San Antonio Spurs
2007–2011 Sacramento Kings
2011–2013 Milwaukee Bucks
2013        Orlando Magic
2013–2014 New York Knicks
2014–2015 Memphis Grizzlies
2015–2016 Miami Heat
2016–2017 Detroit Pistons
2017–2018 Žalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards

  • LKL champion (2018)
  • King Mindaugas Cup winner (2018)
  • 2× NBA champion (2005, 2007)
  • Slovenian League Rookie of the Year (2000)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982) is a Slovenian professional basketball player who last played for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). He previously played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. During his time with the Spurs, Udrih won two NBA titles in 2005 and 2007.

Early career
Udrih made his professional debut with a brief stint in the Slovenian Second Basketball League in 1997, followed by three seasons in the Slovenian Basketball League. He was named the 2000 Slovenian League Rookie of the Year, and has played for the senior Slovenian national team since that same year. He played for Union Olimpija, from 2000 to 2002, where he made great improvements, and played in the EuroLeague for the first time. Udrih played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2002–2003 season, and split the 2003–2004 season among Avtodor Saratov (Russia) and Olimpia Milano (Italy).

Prior to his NBA debut, he appeared in the Southern California Summer Pro League for the Spurs, and also in three games with the Spurs squad in the 2004 Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue, while averaging 10.3 points, 5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24.7 minutes per game.

Professional career
San Antonio Spurs (2004–2007)
Udrih signed with the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2004 after being drafted with the 28th overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft, signing a 3-year, US$2.4 million contract, and served as a key backup for starting point guard Tony Parker. In Udrih's rookie season, he won a Rookie of the Month award. Following that achievement, he was selected for the Rookie Team for the Rookie Challenge during All Star Weekend. In the 2005 NBA playoffs he won the championship with the Spurs. However, Udrih's playing time dropped significantly in the 2005–06 season with the Spurs signing Nick Van Exel during the off-season, but increased again after the All-Star break due to an injury to Van Exel's elbow. In the following 2006–07 NBA season and playoffs (where the Spurs won another NBA championship) his minutes were very limited, as the Spurs signed veteran point guard Jacque Vaughn to back up Tony Parker.

Sacramento Kings (2007–2011)
On October 27, 2007, Udrih was sent, along with cash considerations, by the Spurs to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected 2008 second-round draft pick. The Wolves immediately waived him. He was later signed by the Sacramento Kings as a fill in for starting point guard Mike Bibby, who was out with an injured thumb for an estimated two months. He stepped up well in his new role as starting point guard, scoring a career-high of 27 points on November 26, 2007 in a 112–99 win against his former team, the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game in 65 games with the Kings in 2007–08.

On July 1, 2008, Udrih agreed to a 5-year contract with the Sacramento Kings after being courted by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Milwaukee Bucks (2011–2013)
On June 23, 2011, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-way deal among the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats.

Orlando Magic (2013)
On February 21, 2013, Udrih was traded at the trade deadline to the Orlando Magic along with Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb in exchange for J. J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith.

New York Knicks (2013–2014)

On August 8, 2013, Udrih signed a one-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $1.27 million. On February 24, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks after they bought out his contract.

Memphis Grizzlies (2014–2015)
On February 27, 2014, Udrih was claimed off waivers by the Memphis Grizzlies. On July 15, 2014, Udrih re-signed with the Grizzlies to a multi-year deal.

Miami Heat (2015–2016)
On November 10, 2015, Udrih was traded, along with Jarnell Stokes, to the Miami Heat in exchange for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis. Two days later, he made his debut for the Heat in a 92–91 win over the Utah Jazz, recording two points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. On February 24, 2016, he was ruled out for three months after requiring surgery for a torn plantar plate in his right foot. He was subsequently waived by the Heat five days later.

Udrih re-signed with the Heat on August 17, 2016, but was waived on October 22 prior to the start of the 2016–17 regular season.

Detroit Pistons (2016–2017)
On October 24, 2016, Udrih was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Pistons. He re-signed with the Pistons on September 25, 2017, but was waived on October 14, 2017 prior to the start of the 2017–18 season.

Žalgiris Kaunas (2017–2018)
On December 24, 2017, Udrih returned to Europe, signing with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas until the end of the season.

Personal life
Udrih comes from a family of basketball players. His father Silvo played for Zlatorog Laško, and his brother, Samo Udrih, is also a professional basketball player.

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