Sacramento Kings’ Beno Udrih and the Lost Art of the Mid-Range Jumpshot

November 24th, 2009 by Blake Mehigan Leave a reply »
Beno Udrih has begun to play very well since being moved to the starting line. Udrih replaced the oft injured Kevin Martin, who fractured his wrist. Sacramento Kings announcer Jerry Reynolds has called him the Tazmanian Slovenian, referencing a spin move Udrih uses and his native country.

Udrih had struggled mightily last year. He started at point guard to the dismay of many Kings fans. People had doubted his abilities and the contract he received in the summer of 2008.

The former Spur is having a resurgence this year. Udrih has killed the opposition from mid-range. Yes, that spot inside the three-point arc, but above the free throw line.

The mid-range jumper is Muy Bueno Beno's bread and butter. That is another nickname coined by color commentator Jerry Reynolds.

The mid-range shot is a lost art. Many teams focus on attacking the hoop, in hopes of either scoring point blank or finding a player open on the wing. The mid-range jump shot is typically something not as emphasized in a teams arsenal.

Udrih has become a much more effective player this year. He can shoot from behind the arc and attack the hoop to compliment his strong mid ...

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