Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Milwaukee Bucks
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/13/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dragan Bender in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $3.05 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2019.
Won't play Wednesday
FMilwaukee Bucks
December 10, 2019
Bender (ankle) will not play during Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
A sprained right ankle will continue to sideline Bender, who has appeared in three games for Milwaukee this season. His next chance to play arrives Friday against the Grizzlies.
Read More News
Per Game
Per 36
NBA Per Game Stats
Loading Per Game Stats...
NBA Total Stats
Loading Total Stats...
NBA Per 36 Stats
Loading Per 36 Stats...
NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Game Log...
By Month
Starting/Off Bench
Days Rest
Vs Opp
2019 NBA Per Game Split Stats
Loading Split Stats...
2019 NBA Per Game Split Stats - By Month
Loading Split Stats...
2019 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Starting/Off Bench
Loading Split Stats...
2019 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Days Rest
Loading Split Stats...
2019 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Vs Opp
Loading Split Stats...
Advanced Stats
Loading Advanced Stats...
Bucks Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Bucks Rotation: Minutes Breakdown
Loading Bucks Rotation Data...
Average Fantasy Points
Average Fantasy Points are determined when Dragan Bender was active vs. non-active during the season. Click here to view average fantasy points for a different time period.
Loading Average Minutes...
Loading FanDuel Points...
Loading DraftKings Points...
Loading Yahoo Points...
Loading FantasyDraft Points...
Loading Head2Head Points...
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dragan Bender
Late Season Analysis: Pickups, Schedules and Scenarios to Watch
246 days ago
Alex Rikleen breaks down everything you need to know for what promises to be a hectic sprint to the finish in the NBA.
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheet
247 days ago
Jeff Edgerton helps you navigate a crowded Sunday slate on DraftKings.
DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet
249 days ago
Goran Dragic and the Heat should be able to take advantage of a weak Timberwolves defense.
DraftKings NBA: Wednesday Cheat Sheet
251 days ago
Joe Ingles stands to benefit from Derrick Favors' absence.
NBA Barometer: Injuries Paving Way For Late Bloomers
252 days ago
Ivan Rabb is one of several players set to audition in a larger role over the next week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
After playing in just 43 games as a rookie, Bender took the court for all 82 contests this past season, including picking up 37 starts. He nearly doubled his playing time, going from 13.3 minutes to 25.2, while posting career highs across the board. However, those averages were still just 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists, so despite the improvements, Bender wasn't a viable Fantasy option in the bulk of leagues. His upside as a floor-stretching big man still remains after hitting 1.4 three-pointers at a 36.6 percent clip, but if he doesn't take another step forward as an all-around player during the upcoming campaign, the Suns could look elsewhere to fill their power forward minutes. With the potential for the Suns to roll out some small ball lineups with guys like Trevor Ariza and T.J. Warren at the four, as well as less time being available at center following the addition of No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, Bender could have a tough time even matching his workload from last year. It'll be safe to avoid Bender in a plethora of different formats.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Listed as out Monday
FWisconsin Herd   G League (Bucks)
December 8, 2019
Bender is listed as out for Monday's game against the Magic due to a sprained right ankle.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Returns to G League
FWisconsin Herd   G League (Bucks)
November 29, 2019
Bender was assigned to the G League on Friday.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Plays two minutes in garbage time
FWisconsin Herd   G League (Bucks)
November 23, 2019
Bender racked up one assist and one block in two minutes during Saturday's 104-90 victory over Detroit.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Recalled by Bucks
FWisconsin Herd   G League (Bucks)
November 16, 2019
The Bucks have recalled Bender from their G League affiliate ahead of Saturday's game against the Pacers.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Assigned to G League
FWisconsin Herd   G League (Bucks)
November 13, 2019
Bender was assigned to the G League on Wednesday, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.