Milwaukee Bucks – New Season, New Faces – Part 2
The 2011 NBA Draft was another wild one for the Milwaukee Bucks who, for the fourth time in as many years, put together a draft day trade. This time around, General Manager John Hammond orchestrated a 3 team deal with the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats.
In the trade, the Bucks received Sacramento’s Beno Udrih, Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston and the 19th overall pick (which was used to select Tennessee Power Forward Tobias Harris) from the Bobcats.
Charlotte obtained the No. 7 pick from Sacramento and forward Corey Maggette from Milwaukee. The Kings received guard John Salmons from Milwaukee and the 10th pick in the draft. Charlotte kept its No. 9 pick.
The draft brings the aforementioned rookie Harris along with 2nd round pick Jon Leuer (a Forward from Wisconsin) into the fold, while the trade brings a trio of veteran faces to Milwaukee to start the 2011 season.
This is the second in a three part series that takes a look at these new faces. Part one, posted on Monday, focused on Shaun Shaun Livingston. Here in part two we take a look at Beno Udrih. Be sure to check back on Friday for a look at Stephen Jackson.
Welcome to Milwaukee, gentlemen!
Born: Jul 5, 1982
Weight: 205 lbs.
From: Sempeter, Slovenia
Years Pro: 6
Championships: 2 (2005, 2007)
NBA Draft – 2004; Round: 1 / Pick: 28th Overall / San Antonio Spurs
Bio: Beno Udrih is a Slovenian born, second generation basketball star who made his professional debut in the Slovenian secondary league in 1997. Udrih joined Slovenia’s premier league, the UPC Telemach League, for three seasons afterward. In 2000, he was named the Slovenian League Rookie of the Year.
Beno Udrih played for Olimpija Ljubljana in 2000–2002 and later for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2002–2003 season. Udrih split the 2003–2004 season between Avtodor Saratov (Russia) and Breil Milano (Italy).
Udrih was drafted in 2004 by San Antonio, where he played for the Spurs from 2004 to 2007. Udrih was traded to Sacramento in 2007 and played for the Kings from 2007 – 2011 before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on NBA Draft day 2011.
- Udrih is left handed
- Udrih’s father Silvo played Basketball for Lasko and his brother Samo is currently playing European ball.
- Wearing jersey #9 is a tradition in his family.
1997 – 2000 KK Kovinotehna Polzela (Slovenia)
2000 – 2002 Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002 – 2003 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
2004 Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
2004 Breil Milano (Italy)
2004 – 2007 San Antonio Spurs
2007 – 2011 Sacramento Kings
2011 – Present Milwaukee Bucks
Points: 34 vs. Warriors 12/21/10
Rebounds: 10 @ Cavaliers 03/29/10
Assists: 17 vs. Clippers 03/21/10
Steals: 6 @Spurs 12.22.08
Blocks: 2 vs. Memphis 3/27/09
- “If I’m wide open, I go all the way.”
- “Whatever minutes are given to me, I’m going to go out there and play hard and try to help my teammates.”