Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, forward Dragan Bender is heading to play with the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year deal. Bender, 21, is entering his fourth year in the NBA after being the 4th-overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. Bender is looking to get more playing time after appearing in 171 regular season games in three seasons.
Bender’s NBA regular season averages are 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists in 20.3 minutes played per a game. Bender was projected as a stretch four coming out of the draft but since then he has shot a .321 3-point field goal percentage.
Bender, a native of Croatia won two Israeli State Cups, an Israeli League Cup and was an Israeli League All-Star in 2016. Bender started his professional career at the age of 15, playing four franchise in Europe. Those franchises include KK Split, KK Kastela, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan.
In 2014, Bender represented the Croatia national team in the European U-18 Championship, helping them win the bronze medal. At the European U-18 Championship, Bender appeared in nine games averaging 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 29 minutes played per a game.