Another international player is set to take the NBA by storm next season as Dragan Bender officially entered the 2016 NBA Draft, a report confirmed earlier this week. NBA rumors have that Bender could be the next Kristaps Porzingis and is seen as a lottery pick in the draft later this year.
Fran Fraschilla, who is an ESPN analyst expert in international players, said via Twitter that Bender turning pro has been confirmed by the player’s NBA agent Doug Neustadt.
The 18-year-old Bender, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, is projected to be a top 10 pick in the draft set this June. He has averages of 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game in his Europe basketball experience.
Who is Dragan Bender? Here are a few highlights from the 7-foot-1 prospect which has fuelled the NBA rumors of similarities of his game with Porzingis from the New York Knicks.
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Dragan Bender is from Hometown: Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and is considered a great prospect because of his height, length and shooting skills for a big man.
NBA rumors will heat up near the 2016 NBA Draft and Bender will be linked to the lottery teams looking for their next big man prospect.
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