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Magic trades: Beno Udrih a veteran backup point guard

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Udrih probably isn't in Orlando's long-term plans, but he will provide the Magic with steady play.

Beno Udrih and Ty Lawson
Beno Udrih and Ty Lawson
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The Orlando Magic traded J.J. Redick, Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, acquiring Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih in return. Orlando Pinstriped Post assesses each player the Magic obtained.

Udrih is a known commodity around the NBA, a steady and unspectacular point guard who can also play off the ball at shooting guard. Now in his ninth season, Udrih averaged 6.7 points, two rebounds, and 3.5 assists for the Bucks before joining the Magic.

In his prime, Udrih was a lethal three-point shooter: in four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, mostly as a starter, Udrih shot 35.8 percent from three-point range, including one season at 38.7 percent. His three-point shot has become less accurate with age: in his one-plus seasons with Milwaukee, Udrih connected on just 27.8 percent of his threes on 1.1 attempts per game.

Thankfully for Orlando, Udrih is more than simply a three-point shooter. He can run an offense and has proven particularly effective hitting mid- and close-range shots off the dribble. NBA.com data show that Udrih is shooting 52.3 percent on two-pointers outside the restricted area. Put another way, Udrih's in-between game makes him a threat to score off the dribble.

Udrih is also up to par as a passer. He averages 6.9 assists per 36 minutes and has a Pure Point Rating of 5.42, which figures would rank second on the Magic behind Jameer Nelson over the course of the full season. In this regard, he's an improvement over E`Twaun Moore and Smith as Nelson's backup.

As a bonus, Udrih is already familiar with Orlando's leadership. He was a teammates of Magic coach Jacque Vaughn's with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2006/07 season. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan was in the Spurs' front office when San Antonio selected him with the 28th overall pick in 2004.

Given that Udrih will turn 31 on July 5th, just four days after becoming an unrestricted free agent, he's probably not in the Magic's long-term plans. But in the interim, he can keep Orlando's second unit rolling.

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