Maccabi Tel Aviv Rumors
Porzingis has set a new bar for lanky European prospects, but Bender and his closest mentors aren’t fond of the comparisons to the Latvian superstar. “Dragan doesn’t care what scouts think of him. He doesn’t like being compared to Porzingis,” said Nikola Vujcic, the general manager of Bender’s European club, Maccabi Tel Aviv. “He always says, ‘I want to be Dragan Bender and build my own legacy.'”
B/R: What are the expectations for Dragan as an NBA rookie? Nikola Vujcic: Porzingis was a huge surprise. Dragan would love to have the same rookie season, but he is just 18 years old. No player [that age] came into the NBA in recent years and dominated or made a difference on a championship team. Maybe only LeBron James. It’s not fair to put such expectations on Dragan.