Jonathan Bender

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Jonathan Bender
Power forward
Personal information
Born(1981-01-30) January 30, 1981 (age 33)
Picayune, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolPicayune Memorial
(Picayune, Mississippi)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro playing career1999–2010
Career history
19992006Indiana Pacers
2009–2010New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
 
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Jonathan Bender
Power forward
Personal information
Born(1981-01-30) January 30, 1981 (age 33)
Picayune, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolPicayune Memorial
(Picayune, Mississippi)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro playing career1999–2010
Career history
19992006Indiana Pacers
2009–2010New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Rene Bender (born January 30, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Career[edit]

Bender was selected with the fifth pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi despite a verbal commitment to Mississippi State University. He was then traded to the Indiana Pacers for veteran forward Antonio Davis. Being hyped for his size, athleticism and all around skill, Bender scored 10 points in 13 minutes against Cleveland on December 10, 1999. He became the first high school draftee to score in double figures in his NBA debut.[1]

Highlights of Bender's career have included an outstanding performance in the Pacers' 2004 playoff series with the Celtics, where he led the Pacers in scoring in game 3, and set personal playoff career bests in rebounds and minutes in game 2. In 2001, Bender participated in the Slam Dunk competition during All-Star weekend, where he executed a Julius Erving-style tomahawk jam from the free throw line, left-handed.

Playing in 78 games in the 2001-02 season, he signed a four-year, $28.5 million contract extension. However, the next few years were plagued by injuries. He played in only 46 games the following season, then 21 games in the season after that. A persistent sore right knee limited him to just seven games in 2004-05 and two games in 2005-06. He was waived by the Pacers on June 14, 2006. At that point, he had averaged 5.6 points in 237 career regular season games.[2] In 2005, Bender was rated by Sports Illustrated as #11 on the list of the 20 biggest busts in modern NBA draft history.[3]

On December 13, 2009, the New York Knicks signed Jonathan Bender to a minimum contract. "Jonathan has worked extremely hard in preparing himself for a return to the NBA," said Donnie Walsh, Knicks President of Basketball Operations.[4]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1999–00Indiana2415.4.329.167.667.9.1.0.22.7
2000–01Indiana5979.7.355.268.7351.3.5.1.53.3
2001–02Indiana781721.1.430.360.7333.1.8.2.67.4
2002–03Indiana46217.8.441.358.7142.9.9.21.26.6
2003–04Indiana21012.9.472.409.8301.9.4.2.57.0
2004–05Indiana7013.3.400.200.5002.0.6.1.35.1
2005–06Indiana2010.5.800.0001.0002.01.0.0.55.0
2009–10New York25111.7.400.359.9232.1.6.1.74.7
Career2622814.7.417.340.7632.2.6.2.65.5

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2000Indiana902.3.6671.000.500.3.0.1.01.3
2001Indiana104.0.000.000.000.0.0.0.0.0
2002Indiana509.2.500.000.000.8.4.4.61.2
2003Indiana3011.3.333.333.6672.3.0.0.75.7
2004Indiana16012.6.406.360.7501.8.4.1.94.8
Career4307.6.454.361.6791.0.2.1.42.6

Off the court[edit]

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, he founded the nonprofit Jonathan Bender Foundation in New Orleans.[1]

He is a cousin of Morris Peterson.

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