Getting drafted first overall is a huge accolade. It means that you worked the hardest, beat the best and displayed the most talent out of everyone in college basketball. With being picked first you also have to live up to first pick standards. That means you must put up big numbers, help your team every night and must stay cool in high pressure situations.
This hasn’t been the case for the Cleveland Cavalier number one pick Anthony Bennett.
The Toronto native has not had the start he wanted for his first NBA season. Shooting a horrendous 1-17 from the field and only scoring 5 points in 5 games, he has Cleveland fans scratching their heads at their front offices decision.
Bennett’s stat line (first 5 games):
- Points per game: 1
- Assists per game: 0.2
- Rebounds per game: 3.2
- Field goal percentage: 5% (yes 5% this is not a typo!)
One thing I will tell Cleveland fans is that you can’t count him out just yet. Bennett has a huge upside, good jump shot, nice length for a combo forward and a ton of power that helps him dominate smaller defenders in the post. He will need a jumpstart to get his motor going again. Anyone remember the pre-season game where Bennett scored 16 points in the 4th quarter?
It shows how competent Bennett is in putting up good performance numbers when he has the mental strength. His confidence is lacking now. Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown didn’t seem too worried about Bennett’s insufficient scoring telling the AP “At the end of the day, and I’ve seen it with my own eyes, he can score. He can score from all three levels and once he figures out how hard he has to play offensively in order for it to happen on a possession by possession occurrence, he’ll be good”.
Stay tuned and show patience – he will produce – just watch.