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Euro Rookies Growing in Bench Roles, Starring Satoransky, Bertans and Bender

By Reinis Lacis (@LamarMatic)

Like it has been with almost every NBA rookie class in the recent past, this season’s crop has its fair share of international talent.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid was a candidate for the All-Star Game, despite playing limited minutes and sitting out the second games of back-to-backs. After staying in Europe for two seasons following his draft, Embiid’s teammate Dario Saric has come over and is fourth in minutes played among first-year players. Domantas Sabonis has started in all of Oklahoma City’s 53 games.

In the meantime, there are certain rookies from Europe who aren’t as ballyhooed as their peers, who play lesser roles and are going through their growing pains, yet have been positives overall for their respective teams.

Let’s break down the seasons three of them — Tomas Satoransky, Davis Bertans and Dragan Bender — have had:


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This entry was posted on February 10, 2017 by in Around the NBA and tagged , , .
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