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Jonathan Bender Biography

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

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.

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. In 2005, Bender was rated by Sports Illustrated as #11 on the list of the 20 biggest busts in modern NBA draft history.

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.


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Former NBA Player Jonathan Bender Named Speaker at Medtech Event

Posted on 24 January 2015 | 4:36 pm

jonathan Bender Speaking FeeFormer NBA player Jonathan Bender will be the featured guest speaker at an event to be held at MD&M West in Anaheim, California on February 10-12, 2015. The exhibition and conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center and feature a wide variety of thought leaders that will discuss a broad range of topics relevant to medical device professionals. Bender played 11 seasons in...[Read More]

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