Udoh contributed eight points (3-7 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 19 minutes in Monday's 120-102 preseason win over the Suns. The sixth overall pick in 2010 is attempting to secure the top backup job at center behind Rudy Gobert, and he had a chance to run with the first unit with the latter getting the night off for rest. Udoh provided another solid effort, posting his second eight-point tally in four exhibitions and his third straight game with multiple blocks. Udoh has seen no less than 14 minutes in the last three contests and appears to have the inside track for the job over 2017 first-round pick Tony Bradley. During the regular season, he's likely to see a minutes load in the mid-teens and would be a decent source of scoring, rebounds and blocks in very deep formats if he indeed slots in directly behind Gobert at the five.
Udoh will draw the start at center for Monday's preseason game against the Suns, Jazz radio play-by-play announcer David Locke reports. Rudy Gobert is getting the night off for rest Monday, so Udoh will get the chance to work with the top unit. Udoh has spent the last few seasons overseas, most recently playing in Turkey with Fenerbahce Ulker, so the potential for extended minutes Monday could certainly help speed up his transition back to the NBA.
Udoh agreed Thursday to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Jazz, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Udoh has been a staple overseas with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker since leaving the NBA following his 2014-15 campaign with the Clippers. Drafted sixth overall in 2010, Udoh will bring his talents back to the states as he figures to provide depth at power forward for the Jazz behind Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors.
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