Over the course of his 9-year NBA career, Beno Udrih has seen it all. So, the two-point-guard lineup is not a groundbreaking concept to a player that spent some time in the same system during his Sacramento days.
With that said, Udrih is a staunch proponent of the two-point-guard lineup, especially after watching the Knicks experience a great deal of success last year featuring a two-man combination from the group of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni.
“I like that,” Udrih stated when referring to the two-point-guard lineup. “In Sacramento when I was there, we played a little bit but we just had a young team and it was not as effective but much more effective than just going with a point guard and shooting guard. You have two ball handlers, both can guard shooting guard positions, and on offense they can both run the point guard, so that’s great.”
Head coach Mike Woodson owns a versatile roster and while Kidd has departed for Brooklyn, Felton, Prigioni, and Udrih provide the man in charge with a variety of options in his backcourt.
In late March, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann highlighted the success rate when the Knicks two point guards joined forces. At the time, the two point guards (varied combinations of Felton, Kidd, Prigioni) logged 1,346 minutes and posted a sparkling offensive rating of 110.2. To put that number in perspective, the Miami Heat ranked No. 1 in the NBA last year at 110.3 during the regular season.
“The coaches think that maybe two points guards give the team more control but it’s worked – working good, you know. Last year, we have great games playing two point guards and I think Beno is very smart player, he play here (USA) many years, and I think coach has so many options at the point guard position,” Prigioni concluded.
Obviously, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will figure into Woodson’s strategy at the shooting guard spot. Additionally, the first unit has yet to be determined with training camp on the horizon and officially starting on September 30. The point is that Udrih’s skill-set allows Woodson to not have to deviate far from a potent pairing in his backcourt. In his 27 games for Orlando last season, Udrih registered 6.1 dimes and 10.2 points in 27.3 minutes of court time.
“I think it’s a good balance on the court like that. I like it and hopefully it’s going to work for us this year as much as it did last year for them,” Udrih reiterated.
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