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Dragan Bender - PF/C, 7'1, 225
Phoenix Suns - Drafted 4th overall in 2016
       Date of birth: 11/17/1997
       Country: Bosnia & Herz/Croatia
     Drafted (NBA): 4th pick, 2016
     Out of: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
11th March, 2014 Israel Signed for the remainder of the season and through 2021 with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
26th August, 2014 Israel Loaned by Maccabi Tel-Aviv to Ironi Ramat Gan for one year.
2016 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 4th overall by Phoenix.
7th July, 2016 Israel Left Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
7th July, 2016 NBA Signed four year, $19,302,919 rookie scale contract with Phoenix. Included team options for 2018/19 and 2019/20.
When: Where:
2012 - 2013 KK Split (Croatia)
2013 - March 2014 KK Ribola Kastela (Croatia, A2)
March 2014 - August 2014 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
August 2014 - June 2015 Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel, National League)
July 2015 - July 2016 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
July 2016 - present Phoenix Suns (NBA)
From blog:


   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Dragan Bender
PF/C, 7’1, 225lbs, 19 years old, 1 year of experience

Painfully raw at this point, and did not even have that much in the way of flashes as a rookie. He was brought in knowing it would take time, and his first season confirmed that. The physical profile intrigues, hugely, but the skills are undeveloped, and the awareness even less so. Bender just sort of flopped around the court, normally around the perimeter, putting up shots from outside with an ugly form, missing them, avoiding the foul line on offence, while grabbing too much on defence. And then he got injured. Projectable, very projectable, especially defensively where he looked less unsteady, but a very slow start to his NBA career thus far.

Player Plan: Three years of rookie scale salary remaining. He needs to be good, but there is a long way to go until he is, so keep him and intensely develop both his skills and his body.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 6th November 2017
2017-11-06

Bender is making incremental improvements to his skill set, confidence and his IQ on the court, and has looked quite a lot better since the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson. Last year’s number four pick has averaged over 25 minutes per game over the last six games, and while the results have been inconsistent, his average of 17.9 fantasy points over that span represents excellent value for such a cheap outlay. Bender needs a lot more development and would not normally be a decent value fantasy pick – however, considering there is only a four-game slate tonight, he could be a good final pick if you spend your money up elsewhere.

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