2017 POP Season Review: Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih was claimed on waivers by the Detroit Pistons from the Miami Heat on October 24 of last year. Even though the Pistons already had a 3rd string point guard of Ray McCallum, the Pistons felt like they had a chance to get some veteran leadership at the point guard position. After cutting Ray McCallum from the team, Udrih made his debut just two days later.
Beno played in 39 games for Pistons this past season and definitely played a big role as backup point guard to Ish Smith for the first half of the season (21 games). In 39 games played this season, Beno averaged 5.8 Points and 3.4 assists per game as a reserve. Beno had a pretty year considering he sat on the bench most of the season when Reggie Jackson came back from injury. When Udrih was on the floor, the Pistons had a net rating of +13.9 points per possessions.
Detroit News writer Rob Beard on Twitter, reacting to the fans that wanted the Pistons to start Udrih throughout the season.
Pistons fans on twitter always had the occasional tweets of #StartBeno, #BenoTime, or #BOBANTime. I don’t know if they actually liked his hair or his playing abilities. Udrih was one of those players that the Pistons could rely on to come into the game and usually make a positive impact. When Reggie Jackson was sidelined for last nine games of the season Beno again, took over backup up spot. For most of the season Beno was the key to the Pistons bench which was most likely an upgrade from last season when the Pistons backup point guard was Steve Blake.
Pistons fans on Twiitter, including @GoBlueDET reacts to Reggie Jackson being sidelined for the rest of the season.
There isn’t many weakness’ to Beno’s game, he is a very smart basketball player. His game time speed and his defense might need improvement, but he is 34 years old so there isn’t much you can do to fix that. Beno was injured with a knee sprain this season with two games remaining in the season. Due to the injury, the Pistons tried to waive Beno and sign Grand Rapids Drive point guard Lorenzo Brown. Due to the NBA’s trade deadline ending the day before, the transaction was not possible.
Beno’s time in Detroit is probably coming to an end. Although, he had a decent season the Pistons can’t afford another point guard especially, if they want to re-sign KCP this off season.
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