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Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender
Position: F-C
Born: 11/17/97
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $4,468,800
Second-year forward Dragan Bender is shooting 48 percent from 3-point range over the past eight games, but Triano said he’s not inclined to move Bender into the starting lineup in an effort to get more spacing into the offense. Booker is the only Suns starter shooting better than 35 percent from 3-point range. Tyler Ulis is shooting 20 percent, T.J. Warren 11.1 percent and Marquese Chriss is 2 for 7 in the past four games. “I can’t say I haven’t thought about it,” Triano said. “But I think he’s been thriving in his role right now. I think our bench players kind of know each other and play together well. I think as a team evolves over the years a lot of that has to do with how familiar guys are with one another. Where he wants the ball, when he’s going to cut, when he’s not going to cut. We’re pretty (good) with that with our second unit. So I like the way they play together.”
Jay Triano spoke to Steve Nash on the phone recently about what to do with his struggling young players — almost a college team competing in the NBA. Nash directed the talk away from basketball. He sums up his advice this way via email: “There is no true development without competitiveness and resilience. Without those, it’s just window dressing.” That is what Triano will focus on in teaching Booker, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, and the rest: play hard, run back on defense, grasp the ground-level fundamentals of NBA help defense — or come out of the game. “It can’t be just skills,” Triano says, reconstructing his conversation with Nash. Some coaches, including Terry Stotts, Triano’s boss for four years in Portland, sometimes use cards outlining their playing rotation. Triano hasn’t gotten that far, and he’s not sure he will all season. One rule governs: compete or sit.
1 month ago via ESPN