Croats in NBA: Dragan Bender Brilliant for Golden State, Contract Extenstion Likely

Daniela Rogulj

March 4, 2020 – The Golden State Warriors made an incredible comeback to celebrate 116:100 against the Denver Nuggets. Dragan Bender left a positive mark on the team and coach in his final contracted game with the Warriors. reports that Dragan Bender played his most effective game this season after he recently signed a ten-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. In a turnaround against Denver, Bender recorded 14 points, five rebounds and two assists, and shots in play percentage of 55.6 percent.

The former fourth NBA draft pick thus likely bought himself another ten-day contract, and possibly a chance to stay with the Warriors for the rest of the season. If you ask coach Golden State coach, Steve Kerr, he would absolutely give Bender at least ten more days.

”I’d love to give him another ten days,” Kerr said after the game.

After three very disappointing years in Phoenix, Bender’s NBA career looked like it might be over by the age of 21. However, he did get a chance with the Bucks, who signed him for two years. However, Bender didn’t manage to stay there for long and played only seven games, averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes on the court.

Milwaukee had bigger ambitions than to develop Bender, who still failed to prove himself to coach Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks picked up veteran Marvin Williams, who they needed to make the playoffs. In order to get Williams, they had to give up one player on the roster.

Less than two weeks later, Bender was signed by the Warriors, where he got a chance to play 23.4 minutes per game and somehow made an impression on coach Kerr. Kerr gave Bender a chance in the starting five in three of the five games, but he delivered the best off the bench. He is currently averaging 6.2 points and 6.6 rebounds.

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