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35 Dragan Bender PF

Phoenix Suns

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
3%1%
Key Stats
GPMIN/GPPGREB/GAST/GFG %
159.12.51.90.635.1

Player Updates

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Suns' Dragan Bender: To make another start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bender will make another start Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Duane Rankin of AZCentral.com reports.

The Suns will again be without Deandre Ayton (ankle), and Richaun Holmes (foot) is doubtful, so Bender will make his second consecutive emergency start at center. The former top-five pick has been a massive disappointment since entering the league, but he showed some flashes in Sunday's game -- also against Minnesota -- finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a block in 29 minutes of action.

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Suns' Dragan Bender: Double-double in Sunday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bender contributed 12 points (4-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 29 minutes during Sunday's 116-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

Bender drew his first start of the season with Deandre Ayton (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (foot) sidelined and recorded season highs in scoring and rebounding. The 21-year-old big man has appeared in just 15 of 48 games here in 2018-19, but he made the most of his opportunity in this one. It's unclear whether Bender will remain a part of the rotation once Ayton and Holmes return to the lineup, but unless both are back immediately, Bender is likely in line to earn decent minutes again during Tuesday's rematch with the Timberwolves.

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Suns' Dragan Bender: Will start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bender is slated to start Sunday against Minnesota, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

Bender will receive his first start of the season with Deandre Ayton (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (foot) both out due to injury. Bender has seen action in just two of his teams previous nine contests, and he's failed to score over that stretch.

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Suns' Dragan Bender: Gets run in blowout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bender tallied eight points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and three rebounds across 25 minutes Thursday in the Suns' 108-86 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Bender has played in each of the Suns' last three games, all of which have been losses by at least 17 points. With that in mind, the elevated playing time Bender received should be taken with a grain of salt, as the Suns made it clear where the big man stands in their organization after declining his fourth-year team option earlier this season. Bound for free agency after the season, Bender probably won't get extended run in competitive games unless the Suns lose multiple rotation power forwards or centers to injury.

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Suns' Dragan Bender: Has fourth-year option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bender had his fourth-year option declined by the Suns on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The fourth overall pick in 2016, Bender is in his age 21 season and would have been owed $5.9 million next year. He was underwhelming last year in 25.2 minutes per game, averaging 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from long range. Bender has appeared in just three games so far for Phoenix this season, totaling 11 minutes. It seems unlikely he'll see a significant uptick in workload for the remainder of the campaign. As a result of the team declining his option, Bender will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Last 7 Games
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Complete Game Log
Two Week Schedule
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L 109-111
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L 115-135
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L 114-116
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Career Shooting Stats
SeasonTEAMGMINFGFGAFG%FG3FG3AFG3%FTFTAFT%PTSAVG
2016-17Phoenix435745716135.42810127.741136.41463.4
2017-18Phoenix82207018748438.611832236.6395176.55316.5
2018-19Phoenix15137133735.12219.5101471.4382.5
TOTAL140278125768237.714844433.3537669.77155.1
More Stats
SeasonTEAMGMINREBRAVGAAAVGSTLSAVGBLKBAVGTO
2016-17Phoenix435741032.4230.5100.2220.532
2017-18Phoenix8220703614.41301.6220.3530.6112
2018-19Phoenix15137281.990.610.120.17
TOTAL14027814923.51621.2330.2770.6151
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
7-1/225
Birthdate:
11/17/1997
Age:
21
Hometown:
Capljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Team:
Phoenix Suns
School:

NBA Experience:
2