The Knicks Blog Player of the Week: Beno Udrih

Sam Spiegelman

For the first time in recent memory, the Knicks went .500 on the week. Not coincidently, this was arguably the most difficult week to choose a Player of the Week.

Beno_UdrihThere were a number of worthy candidates, beginning with Carmelo Anthony, but the role players — largely due to injuries — have had no choice but to step up. Among the key contributors of late: Beno Udrih, Andrea Bargnani and Tim Hardaway Jr.

And to be honest, just seeing Tyson Chandler out there battling in his first game back from a broken tibula almost warmed my heart enough to hand him the honor.

But, when it’s all said and done, one role player has been forced to step into the starting lineup and has outplayed the starter, and that player is Udrih.

The veteran point guard has averaged more than 14 points per game, including a season-high 21 points filling in for the injured Pablo Prigioni in Wednesday night’s double-overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Knicks have a had a rash of injuries plagued point guards this season, and between Raymond Felton struggling and Prigioni getting hurt just as he got an opportunity, Udrih’s veteran presence has had a clear impact.

As a distributor, Udrih has totaled 11 assists in the last three contests. And last night, the veteran played starter’s minutes, playing in 40 minutes, his highest total on the year.

As I stated earlier, Bargnani and Hardaway Jr. were both worthy candidates for Player of the Week honors as well. Bargnani went 12-10 off the bench in last night’s victory, and has averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds in his last three. Hardaway Jr. has been a spark off the bench for New York, averaging almost 12 points per game and more importantly providing the team with some energy when he’s on the court.




26 comments
C0P0
C0P0

The player of the week(s) are The Fans! 

We deserve a damn award for watching this crappy team stink up the joint with an atrocious 8-17 record. 


Bravo to me! Applause! Applause! Thank You. Thank you, very much.

All Knick Fans deserve some accolades for hanging in there with these bums.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

It must have been his last minute D on Bradley Beal that put him over the top.

and1buckets
and1buckets

I know he tweaked an ankle,but how did Tour'e look yesterday to you guys? Do you see more reps coming his way?

1harris1
1harris1

He made Brandon Knight last night look like Allen Iverson, and he's the "player of the week".  Good Lord.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Despite his flaws, for a 3rd PG, Beno is among the best you could ask for. He stepped up last night for the most part. He even had some good defensive possessions. Still, he's not going to take the Knicks to the promise land.

therealprof
therealprof

Sooo, fresh after a "ball movement is dead" post, a fictitious award is given to the only PG to play significant minutes this week for being awesome? I am confused. Either way, Beno has only given up 2 career highs in the past 2 games (Shump was guarding Wall so Beal went HAM on Beno and then Knight again last night). As far as I am concerned, Melo is player of the week every week until somebody actually starts pulling their own weight beside him. TC is next week, assuming his leg didnt blow up last night. 

babyface
babyface

Can you also start a feature and call it "Biggest Knick F--- U-" or "Biggest Knick Idiot of the Week"?  I'd imagine Bargs would be a major contender for that honor this week, too, though, of course, Woody is in a class by himself after Monday's debacle.


I'd imagine JR would be a regular contender, particularly in light of his often mindless chucking, over-dribbling, and forcing himself into traffic.  Still, he'd have some heavy competition from Shump (rushing into the paint with no idea what to do when he's met by a defender), Raymond (overall moronic play, simply dumping the ball in to Melo and then heading for the corner), Amare (making himself 6'1" rather than 6'11" by regularly bringing the ball low while within 5 feet of the basket, only to have it knocked away or stolen), Melo himself (for ignoring the obvious success he'd had when passing the ball out when doubled, and instead wasting four consecutive possessions in ISOs in the waning minutes last nite), or, again, Woody (for taking WP out of the game when he was just killin' it on the defensive end).

ds2488
ds2488

Well, the sad truth is that the way Felton has played so far this season, most 2nd and 3rd string pgs would be improvements over him.  So not surprising that Beno/Pablo could come in and do a better job than he has done.  Pretty much giving the Knicks ANYTHING, on either end of the floor, would be an improvement over Ray this season.


And listen, I'm not Barg's biggest fan, but dude has stepped up this season imo.  He shouldn't be asked to play center all by his lonesome and that's something he's not really capable of doing.  But he's been the Knicks 2nd most consistent scoring option by a LONGSHOT.

Marvel
Marvel

as for Jr..... 33% from the field.. please don't mention him.






Marvel
Marvel

respect to the 3rd string PG for stepping in and giving his all.. 

He's limited and a bad defender but he's doing a decent job, the best he can do.


Coach hung him out to dry against Washington... then instead of putting the great defensive stopper iman shumpert on Knight to start the Bucks game he waits till half time lol... gotta love Woodson (by love I mean hate )



props to Beno... wish he hit the gym every now and again tho.. :-)



melo7
melo7

Mediocre nothing crazy special..He stays in front of his man unlike ray and beno

jeandd323
jeandd323

@babyface I wonder why Woodson does not start Metta at small forward to bolster our defense especially with Beno being so slow. If were managing the Knicks, my line-up would be :

Beno, THJr, Metta, Melo and Chandler 


I would have the followings backups : 

Shump ---> Beno

JR ------> THJr

Amare/Bargs ---> Chandler

melo would play some 3 to back up Metta

some Chandler/Bargs at the 4


That is the way I would play for now to give the team a best chance of winning


Max Denby
Max Denby

The thing I hate about woody are his lack of adjustments. Sometimes I truly wonder if we are watching the same games.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@Marvel Hopefully with more playing time he can get into better shape. The guy is a crafty veteran with a good jumpshot. Not saying he's an all star but just as good , if not better than Felton and Priggioni imo.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@bb_dot

Fields was never this bad. He hit 46% his last year here. Not bad for a guy that couldn't shoot. 

Marvel
Marvel

@buddhabing

 Honrstly i never gave him a shot because i thoght there were/are better options out there, but hes clearly playing better. Confidence and no other PG option will do that for you.


Hopefully he keeps improving.


melo7
melo7

Fields was actually a real good cutter that's why he shot 46%..shump has trouble finishing at the rim