Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 am  |  22 responses

Beno Udrih: From Trade Bait to Starting Point Guard

Udrih has re-invigorated his career in Sacramento, and the Kings’ coaching staff couldn’t be happier. From the Bee: “A year ago, it seemed as if Beno Udrih’s days in Sacramento were coming to an end. The Kings had drafted Tyreke Evans. Kevin Martin was back and healthy. And if the Kings needed a backup point guard, there was the cheaper and flashier Sergio Rodríguez on the squad. All the Kings needed was a team willing to trade for Udrih, who was in the second year of a contract with more than $27 million guaranteed left on it. Entering the 2010-11 season training camp next Tuesday, Udrih is hardly expendable. Udrih showed his worth backing up Evans, and eventually became a starter after Martin and Rodríguez were traded in February … Along the way, he impressed the new coaching staff with his smarts and with how well he played alongside Evans. ‘He made a good case for being a starter (this season), and looking at the makeup of our roster now, that’s how I view him,’ Kings coach Paul Westphal said. The Evans-Udrih situation had the potential to be difficult. Udrih didn’t play in the season opener, and it was obvious the Kings were quickly becoming Evans’ team. By the end of the season, Udrih had established himself as a leader. ‘Everyone’s always on trial in the NBA,’ Westphal said. ‘Instead of pouting about it, he accepted the challenge and carved out a nice niche for himself.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I never considered Tyreke Evans a point guard. And now that Udrih is starting I guess they can finally say Evans is their shooting guard.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    With Tyreke at the 2 this could work out just fine. Udrih played very well to close the end of last season. Should get a lot of dimes. I like this Kings starting 5 so far. They should impress some people but miss the post season.

  • http://Myspace.com Shanoooooo

    Beno is nothing more than a back up point man. Sac town should start
    Then they’ll still have a nice bench with
    Landry Thats a nice 8 man rotation.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    No way Landry doesn’t start Shano.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    ANd I think this looks better:
    Beno, Evans, Casspi, Landry, Dalembert with a bench of
    Head, Garcia, Greene, Jason Thompson, Cousins and Whiteside…that is a solid ELEVEN man rotation. Heavy on the forwards and centers though…we need to trade for another 2 guard Small forward type player?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Man, I was just looking and the Kings have 18 guys on the roster right now…gonna be interesting to see who makes it through camp and exhibition. I also noticed we have antoine Wright…when did we get him? Could be a nice defensive player to have.

  • http://Myspace.com Shanoooooo

    I would start Thompson or Cousins at the four. To me Landry in a energy guy and his impact is greater on the game coming off the bench. Samething goes for Paul Milsap but he’s more suited to start than Landry.

  • k

    If I were Geoff Petrie I’d be pushing Westphal to start Dalemebert or at least give him a lot of minutes with the intention of finding a taker for him as soon as possible, promising my coach it would be for the purposes of getting him the backcourt help he needs. There are just too many centers on his roster and not enough guards.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    [insert immature head coming off the bench comment here]

  • k

    How about Melo and Birdman to Jersey, J.R. Smith, Murphy and Damion James to Sacto, and Dalembert, Favors, Terrence Williams, Donte Greene, Sacramento’s first-rounder and NJ’s rights to Golden State’s first rounder next year (top 10 protected thru 2013) to Denver? Be an overhaul for sure for the Nuggets, but what do you expect when you trade your franchise guy, and they’d get their young players (Favors, Williams, Greene), and their picks. Sacramento would get a SG, and an expiring deal and young SF to basically match Dalembert’s deal and Donte Greene, and Prokhorov might finally be able to say he delivered on his big offseason promise by getting a superstar and a fan favorite (albeit at a high cost in young potential — the draft pick they’d send might end up being 2 second-rounders anyway — and obviously this would be contingent on Melo agreeing to stay on there).

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  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @k: Interesting but I am not sure I want J.R. on my team. Although Troy Murphy would be a nice complimentary piece. WHo is Damion James?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    him starting wont affect evans any.. evans will still have the ball much more than him

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Beno has always been a solid player, he fits perfeectly with reke. KINGS BACK TO KC!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Cousins is not starting at 4.

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ AlbertBarr: Personally I think a starting frontcourt of Landry and Cousins would be the best way to go.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Cousins will start by season’s end if not right away. Dalembert isn’t a long-term prospect with the Kings and they need to develop Cousins, who has superstar potential.

  • Danny_W_UK

    Starting 5 for me.
    Leaving you a bench mob of:
    Although Cousins will need careful management, on and off the court. I would try and keep Landry/Udrih/Thompson on court with him, just to keep him headed in the right direction.

  • rich

    they said the same about ttyreke. i think the team will keep each other focused on ballin rather than driving at 180 at least till summer time

  • Nigel

    Beno has been really good since he’s been with the Kings. Can’t wait to see them play this year.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @Teddy-the-Bear: Ultimately I think that would be the best starting frontcourt but for the first few months I think Dalembert should start while cousins grows into his role…I also dont want to see any locker-room issues from the Haitian…he might not like coming off the bench and seems the type who may make bad decisions if frustrated