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Keith Benson - C, 6'11, 230
Signed in Greece - Signed with Aris Thessaloniki
       Date of birth: 08/13/1988
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 48th pick, 2011
     Out of: Oakland
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 48th overall by Atlanta.
18th August, 2011 Italy Signed a one year contract with Dinamo Sassari.
31st October, 2011 Italy Released by Dinamo Sassari.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.
23rd December, 2011 NBA Waived by Atlanta.
26th January, 2012 D-League Acquired by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
24th March, 2012 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with Golden State.
25th September, 2012 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.
11th October, 2012 NBA Waived by Atlanta.
31st October, 2012 D-League Designated as a returning player by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
6th November, 2012 D-League Traded by Sioux Falls Skyforce, along withNick Covington, to Erie BayHawks in exchange for Mike Davis.
15th January, 2013 D-League Left Erie BayHawks.
17th January, 2013 Philippines Signed for the duration of the Commissioner's Cup with Talk'N'Text Tropang Texters.
7th March, 2013 Philippines Released by Talk'N'Text Tropang Texters.
15th March, 2013 D-League Re-acquired by Erie BayHawks.
19th August, 2013 Belarus Signed a one year contract with Tsmoki-Minsk.
25th April, 2014 China Signed a one season contract with Shaanxi.
1st August, 2014 Turkey Signed a one year contract with Banvit.
20th September, 2014 Turkey Released by Banvit.
31st October, 2014 Lithuania Signed for the remainder of the season with Neptunas.
27th February, 2015 Lithuania Left Neptunas.
27th February, 2015 Estonia Signed for the remainder of the season with Kalev/Cramo.
18th August, 2015 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Miami.
24th October, 2015 NBA Waived by Miami.
2nd November, 2015 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
23rd September, 2016 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Miami.
18th October, 2016 NBA Waived by Miami.
1st November, 2016 D-League Designated as a returning player by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
30th August, 2017 China Signed for the remainder of the season with Guizhou.
28th September, 2017 Greece Signed a one year contract with Aris Thessaloniki.
When: Where:
2006 - 2011 Oakland (NCAA)
August 2011 - October 2011 Sassari (Italy)
December 2011 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
January 2012 - March 2012 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
March 2012 - April 2012 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2012 Atlanta Hawks (Summer League)
September 2012 - October 2012 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
October 2012 - November 2012 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
November 2012 - January 2013 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
January 2013 - March 2013 Talk'N'Text Tropang (Philippines)
March 2013 - May 2013 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
July 2013 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
July 2013 Charlotte Bobcats (Summer League)
August 2013 - April 2014 Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)
April 2014 - June 2014 Shaanxi (China, NBL)
July 2014 L.A. Clippers (Summer League)
August 2014 - September 2014 Banvit (Turkey)
October 2014 - February 2015 Neptunas (Lithuania)
February 2015 - June 2015 Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)
July 2015 Orlando Magic (Summer League)
August 2015 - October 2015 Miami Heat (NBA)
November 2015 - June 2016 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
July 2016 Minnesota Timberwolves (Summer League)
September 2016 - October 2016 Miami Heat (NBA)
November 2016 - June 2017 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
July 2017 New Orleans Pelicans (Summer League)
July 2017 Portland Trail Blazers (Summer League)
August 2017 - September 2017 Guizhou (China, NBL)
September 2017 - present Aris (Greece)
From blog:

   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Centres

Keith Benson - Benson is, essentially, the mid-major JaJuan Johnson. He is perhaps marginally bigger, but the difference is negligible. Neither is really a centre, and neither is really a power forward. Yet both adhere to the new model of big man, the face-up thin and athletic ones. Benson doesn't look for contact, nor take it well. He is not great at posting, does not take charges, and likes to float around the perimeter, even without a handle. Yet he does have good touch when finishing around the basket, including a rather ugly right handed hook and hitting his free throws, in spite of a weird hitch in his release. His jumpshot has also improved greatly, and now incorporates three point range. And while Kito is an example of why blocked shots do not necessarily equal good defense - especially since he goes for them excessively - he can change many a shot on the interior with his reach and athleticism. He rebounds, too, although his dominant size against mid major competition rather biased those numbers. Benson struggles on the interior, is too slender, and does not always give defensive effort, but he's got enough on his resume for that to not matter too much.

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   2011 NBA Draft Diary

Atlanta then uses their only pick of the night to take Keith Benson, the last remaining capable collegiate big. There proved to be quite the gap between the draftings of JaJuan Johnson and Keith Benson; twenty one spots in all. And yet they're really not that different. JaJuan is slightly better at everything, but it's not a huge gap.

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Brooklyn

Keith Benson

Benson has spent the past two summer leagues and training camps with the Hawks, but seemingly that well has dried up. He briefly played in the NBA, managing nine minutes with the Warriors late in 2011-12, but didn't make it back last year. Benson spent most of last season in the D-League, averaging 10.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in only 23 minutes per game in two stints with the Erie BayHawks, bookending a stay in the Philippines, where he averaged 23.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for Talk'N'Text in the Commissioners Cup. However, import big men ALWAYS put up big numbers in the Philippines, as there are very few domestic big men to compete with them. And so despite the ostensibly gaudy numbers, Benson was released for being "ineffective", and replaced by Donnell Harvey, who was acquired to bring the "toughness, interior defense and communication" that Benson just didn't. Therein lies the story with Benson - he's tall, athletic, fluid, and fairly skill, but he's just not tough enough, and shot blocking is not the same as defense.

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Signed in Greece


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