Apr 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Beno Udrih (19) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks interested in PG Beno Udrih


It seems like a daily search for the New York Knicks to add a third point guard to their roster for the 2013-14 team.

The latest stop in that search has appeared to have landed on nine-year veteran Beno Udrih.

Apr 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Beno Udrih (19) passes the ball during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Orlando defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how Udrih should be a guy the Knicks should consider as he would be a valuable asset coming off the Knicks bench.

The Knicks currently have two problems.

The first being the fact that they only have Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni at the point guard position and there has to be serious questions on whether the Knicks can seriously win with Felton running the offense.

However the second problem is the same one that always seems to bite the Knicks and that is the fact that they can only offer any free agent the veteran minimum contract.

But according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Knicks are pursuing point guard Udrih and are “trying hard” to convince him to accept the minimum.

It’s no secret that the Knicks are in the market for a third point guard and have been linked to just about everyone available, including the last couple of weeks the likes of: Sebastian Telfair, Delonte West, Bobby Brown and plenty other guards who have since been signed by other teams.

Udrih though still remains the best option available.

After a stint as the starter in Sacramento, the nine-year NBA veteran has been a productive backup over the last two seasons for the Bucks and Magic, averaging 8.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, and a 14.2 PER in 66 total games for the two teams last season.

The Knicks need a guy who that can capably run an offense, distribute the ball and not turn it over. They also need a guy who can be relied on to score the ball when he has to.

Given all of the options on the table, that guy is Udrih.

He’s a quality team first guard who will help the Knicks second unit a great deal.

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  • Mikey NYK

    way to make Felton sound like a scrub. He may not be the flashiest but he runs the offense just fine. He’s not elite but he’s very capable and very effective on both O and D. Show some respect.

    • Matt Shetler

      Very capable on O & D? He is one of the worst defensive point guards in the league and the numbers back that up and while he had a good run in NY the first time around, other than that he hasn’t shown anything more than an average NBA guard. The numbers back that up as well. It’s hard to make a case where you can say the Knicks can go far with Felton running the offense. he has never shown that ability. Decent guard? Absolutely, but there’s nothing he does at a good enough level that should give you that type of confidence in him

      • Mikey NYK

        Matt, i know every PG seemed to have a career game against us. But did we not lead the league in least TO’s per game? I’m sure Felton our main PG had nothing to do with that. Won 54 games….prolly nothing to do with Ray either right? Hes not Rondo but he’s capable….capable of winning a division with this team and going to the 2nd round. Hes prolly why the pacers bounced us too, right? His awful D against Hibbert and West are prolly to blame. Ya know, b/c hes so terrible on D, he should just be blamed for his D on the perimeter.

        • Matt Shetler

          I’m by no means trying to suggest that he is a total bum. Obviously a more than capable guard but you just have to look at how much better the Knicks are when he’s not at the lead guard spot. They are much more efficient offensively without him per 100 possessions and obviously a much better defensive team per 100 possessions. And I never blamed anything on Felton, I just don’t think you can get deep into the postseason with him. Also look at when the Knicks played their best ball of the season last year down the stretch, a lot of it was because Felton was moved off the ball and saw less minutes at the lead guard. That’s not a coincidence. I’m also by no means suggesting that Prigioni is a better basketball player than Felton is but the fact is that the team ran better at both ends of the floor with Prigioni last year. Like it or not, the point guard position is a problem with this team. Does Felton have to be Rondo? Of course not, but he has to be much better than he was a season ago for the Knicks to really be legitimate contenders. He has the talent to do so, but that talent has never come out on a consistent basis throughout his career

          • Mikey NYK

            I can’t argue with that. Well said.