Jonathan Bender

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Jonathan Bender
Power forward/Center
Personal information
Born (1981-01-30) January 30, 1981 (age 33)
Picayune, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Picayune Memorial
(Picayune, Mississippi)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 1999–2010
Career history
19992006 Indiana Pacers
2009–2010 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Rene Bender (born January 30, 1981) is an American retired 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
  GP Games 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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Indiana 24 1 5.4 .329 .167 .667 .9 .1 .0 .2 2.7
2000–01 Indiana 59 7 9.7 .355 .268 .735 1.3 .5 .1 .5 3.3
2001–02 Indiana 78 17 21.1 .430 .360 .733 3.1 .8 .2 .6 7.4
2002–03 Indiana 46 2 17.8 .441 .358 .714 2.9 .9 .2 1.2 6.6
2003–04 Indiana 21 0 12.9 .472 .409 .830 1.9 .4 .2 .5 7.0
2004–05 Indiana 7 0 13.3 .400 .200 .500 2.0 .6 .1 .3 5.1
2005–06 Indiana 2 0 10.5 .800 .000 1.000 2.0 1.0 .0 .5 5.0
2009–10 New York 25 1 11.7 .400 .359 .923 2.1 .6 .1 .7 4.7
Career 262 28 14.7 .417 .340 .763 2.2 .6 .2 .6 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Indiana 9 0 2.3 .667 1.000 .500 .3 .0 .1 .0 1.3
2001 Indiana 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2002 Indiana 5 0 9.2 .500 .000 .000 .8 .4 .4 .6 1.2
2003 Indiana 3 0 11.3 .333 .333 .667 2.3 .0 .0 .7 5.7
2004 Indiana 16 0 12.6 .406 .360 .750 1.8 .4 .1 .9 4.8
Career 43 0 7.6 .454 .361 .679 1.0 .2 .1 .4 2.6

Off the court[edit]

Bender invented the JB Intensive Trainer, a resistance training device, that strengthened his knees. Sales of the device began in July 2013.[5]

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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