Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender
20-Year-Old F
2017–18 NBA Stats
2018–19 NBA Projections
PTS
6.5
REB
4.4
AST
1.6
STL
0.3
BLK
0.6
PTS
REB
AST
STL
BLK
2017–18 Fantasy Outlook
Bender missed almost half of his rookie campaign last season due to a combination of DNP-CDs and an ankle injury, which required surgery. When he did step on the court, however, he averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds across 13.3 minutes per game while shooting 35.4 percent... read more
Bender missed almost half of his rookie campaign last season due to a combination of DNP-CDs and an ankle injury, which required surgery. When he did step on the court, however, he averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds across 13.3 minutes per game while shooting 35.4 percent from the field and 28-of-101 from beyond the arc. While the lack of efficiency is certainly disappointing, it’s important to keep in mind that he wasn’t a staple within the Suns’ rotation and often played on a sore ankle. That said, he did occasionally flash potential when he was feeling good. During Dec. 26’s game against the Rockets, Bender recorded 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists across 27 minutes. He will have to compete for playing time during the upcoming season, however. The Suns drafted Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft. With Jackson being primarily touted as a small forward, that may push the likes of T.J. Warren up to power forward – Bender’s position. Not to mention the presence of Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley. While coach Earl Watson will likely do what he can to get Bender significant run, it may come down to how Bender performs during training camp and what kind of improvements he can show throughout the season. As a result, Bender can probably be avoided in the vast majority of Fantasy formats, as it’s uncertain if he’ll even take the floor during every game he suits up for.
HT: 7'1"    WT: 235 lbs.    DOB: 11/17/1997    College: Croatia    Drafted: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2016Show Contract
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Dragan Bender Contract Info:
Signed a two-year, $8.74 million contract with the Suns in July of 2016.
Muted effort sums up summer fling
FPhoenix Suns
July 14, 2018
Bender finished with just five points and five rebounds in eight minutes during Friday's 90-55 summer league victory over the Spurs.
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Dragan Bender 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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  1. Dragan Bender 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Dragan Bender 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    The consensus top foreign player in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender went No. 4 overall to the Suns, who doubled down on the power forward position by using their second lottery pick on Washington freshman Marquese Chriss. The 7-foot-1 Bender epitomizes the stretch four most teams are looking for in the modern pace-and-space NBA, but the 18-year-old may face a longer development curve than most of his fellow first-rounders after doing little to distinguish himself in summer league play with the Suns. Over five games, Bender averaged 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds across 32.0 minutes per contest while shooting an abysmal 27.5 percent from the field. The Suns won’t overreact too much to the small sample, as Bender exhibited much improvement from three-point range last season with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv and was lauded during the pre-draft process for his willingness to move the ball, ability to make plays off the dribble and excellent mobility. While Bender’s lack of bulk makes him susceptible to getting outmuscled in the paint defensively, his long arms still allow him to make an impact as a shot blocker. Both Bender and Chriss are expected to see their minutes expand in the second half of their rookie seasons once they’ve gotten fully acclimated to an NBA training regimen, but in the meantime, veteran Jared Dudley is set to assume most of the court time at power forward in the early going. As such, Bender’s fantasy value figures to remain mostly limited as a rookie, but he makes for a worthy target in dynasty formats.
Dragan Bender News Updates
Improved play in Monday's victory
FPhoenix Suns
July 9, 2018
Bender tallied 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt), eight rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Monday's 71-53 summer league victory over the Magic.
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Second straight double-double
FPhoenix Suns
April 11, 2018
Bender managed 15 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks during Tuesday's 124-97 win at Dallas.
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Surge continues with double-double Sunday
FPhoenix Suns
April 9, 2018
Bender posted 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt), 14 rebounds and two assists across 41 minutes in Sunday's 117-100 loss to the Warriors.
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Goes for 14 points in loss
FPhoenix Suns
April 7, 2018
Bender posted 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt), eight rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 33 minutes during Friday's 122-103 loss to the Pelicans.
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