By the Numbers: Phoenix Suns 2016 Draft Class
Check out a compilation of facts and figures that Suns fans should know about their team’s 2016 NBA Draft class, which consists of Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis.
0 – The 2016 draftees younger than Bender, who was born on Nov. 17, 1997.
2 – The players in SEC history who won both the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year awards in the same season. Ulis joined Anthony Davis on that list last year.
6.7 – The assists Bender amassed per 40 minutes at the 2014 European U18 Championships.
8 – The college basketball players, Chriss included, who averaged at least 10 points, five rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range last season. Chriss was the only freshman to accomplish the feat.
12 – The age at which Bender moved away from home to begin training at a Croatian academy.
14 – The age at which Chriss began playing basketball. A shoulder injury ended his football career in middle school.
24 – The points per game Ulis averaged during the 2016 SEC Tournament, of which he was later named MVP.
34 – The points Bender scored in a game against Lithuania during the 2014 European U18 Championships. Bender, 16 years old at the time, also added 14 rebounds that night.
38 – The wins Ulis and Devin Booker helped Kentucky record during the 2014-15 season. The total tied an NCAA record.
38.5 – The inches on Chriss' vertical leap, the fourth-highest of any forward at this year's NBA draft combine.
41.1 – The percentage at which Bender conntected on his three-point attempts last year with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
55 – The blocks Chriss tallied last year to lead all Pac-12 freshmen and set a Washington freshman record.
58 – The years since a shorter player than Ulis was named a consensus First-Team All-American. Ulis, 5-10, earned the honor in 2016. Pittsburgh's Don Hennon, 5-9, did so in 1958.
66 – The square footage Bender can cover defensively without even jumping, according to ESPN's "Sports Science".
75 – The yards Chriss can reportedly throw a football.
246 – The assists Ulis recorded in 2015-16 to set a Kentucky record.