Beno Udrih came to Orlando refreshed.
His time in Milwaukee was a bit of a mixed bag. He averaged 6.7 points per game playing 18.4 minutes per game in 39 games with Milwaukee. His playing time witht he Bucks was inconsistent and Udrih expressed some frustration upon arriving in Orlando.
To him, playing for the Magic and in a new city is a new opportunity for him, as he told Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld on Saturday. One that he so far has not let pass up.
Udrih has struggled to get the ball into the basket, but he has already displayed his passing ability in two games with Orlando. He has recorded 16 total assists, following up his seven-assist game on Saturday against Cleveland with a nine-assist effort off the bench in the win against Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
For Udrih, a 30-year-old point guard on an expiring contract, this is his chance to show that he can still play. That was something he said he did not get to do in Milwaukee earlier this year.
Udrih told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel on Monday what a relief it was to start fresh in a new city:
It was just a bad situation there. I'm a professional and I'm a man, so I like to be told straight-up what they expect from me. So, in Milwaukee, that never happened. They were saying, 'Yeah, yeah, we know. We've got to play you a little bit more.' But it never happened. So when I did get into the game I didn't know what they actually wanted to do, so I was just trying to find it myself, and I never did.
It was a tough situation with ball-dominating guards like Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings ahead of him on the depth chart. Not to mention the turmoil that team went through with Scott Skiles' sudden resignation. Entering free agency, Udrih certainly wanted to show what he can do.
That is the exact opportunity he gets in Orlando. He stepped in and has made an immediate impact off the bench behind E'Twaun Moore. In all likelihood Udrih will continue to get playing time with that second unit even when Jameer Nelson comes back.
The motivation for the 30-year-old point guard probably entering his last opportunity to get a decent contract. That should be plenty of reason for him to play hard and play well the rest of the season. And the Magic certainly have needed that refreshing energy. The fact he is happy to be in Orlando might be a reason to bring him back — if the price and length is right of course.
So consider these final games an audition for Udrih. For someone, at least. Again, that is plenty of motivation to play.