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Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  20 responses

Top Pick Anthony Bennett Hasn’t Scored a Basket in Three Games


Cleveland Cavaliers rookie big man Anthony Bennett is having a tough time putting the ball in the hoop—through the first three games of his NBA career, the No.1 pick in the 2013 Draft has yet to score a single basket. Per the Plain Dealer: “‘I just feel like there’s a lid on the basket,’ he said quietly after the Cavs’ 89-74 loss to the Pacers on Saturday night at Bank Life Fieldhouse. ‘Three games and no shots went in, but I just have to keep working.’ Late in the third quarter, he had what looked to be his best chance, when he stole the ball from Luis Scola and raced toward the other where Indiana’s C.J. Watson was the only thing between him and a wide open layup — good — or dunk — even better. But he missed it. Asked what he was thinking the closer he got to the open goal, Bennett said, ‘If it happens, [if] the opportunity comes, I’m going to try to dunk it. Other than that, I just have to work on my team, get rebounds, defend.’ Bennett has been trying to learn coach Mike Brown’s defense and he has been averaging four rebounds a game, including six on Saturday. But those things are not what made him the No. 1 pick in the draft. His offensive skills were his calling card — and he displayed them during the preseason. But after badly missing on a weak 3-point attempt about two minutes after missing the dunk on Saturday, he is now 0 for 12 overall and 0 for 6 on 3-pointers during the regular season. Much like Dion Waiters as a rookie last season, he is struggling learning when to drive and when to shoot and too often relies on the jumper. When he was asked if he’d ever been through a stretch like this before, Bennett shook his head and said, ‘Nooooo,’ drawing out the word for a surprisingly long time. ‘Never. I also went through surgery and stuff. This is all kind of new to me. Basically this is my 11th game coming back off of surgery, haven’t played the whole summer. It’ll come to me.’”

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  • Ganjahweed

    Yeah, can we say that last years draft was the weakest in??? And this kid has years to go before we can say he is the next Grandmama. LOL.

  • Saleem Rainman

    why? cuz the top pick is under performing? The rest of the draft class isnt looking half bad.

  • Ugh

    Uh oh.

  • Shooting Guard

    Not good

  • north

    A little over a month ago he was’t supposed to be moving his shoulder, it’ll come. He has a crazy rebounds per 36 stat already and is playing well defensively. The other side will come but the Cavs overall are struggling with chemistry issues on the floor. They need a night out together and it should all fall into place.

  • spit hot fiyah

    looks like he drifts too much outside and settles. he is strong enough and has really long arms and should be able to bully a lot of players inside. i believe he will do alright this season, just seems to be out of position and not comfortable playing spot minutes of the bench

  • JoeMaMa

    Shoulder surgery. He’s out of shape. For those who doubt, check his highlights last year at UNLV. Go Bennett!!!

  • Enigmatic

    I disagree. Besides Carter-Williams, Oladipo, Nate Wolters and that Faverani dude in Boston, no other rookie is really doing much worth a damn. Caldwell-Pope too, I guess. Kinda.

    I know a lot of it is due to injuries to several top picks, but I do think this is a weak class overall, and next year’s class will make it look even weaker.

  • Saleem Rainman

    ah idk, that Olynyk kid has proven that he’s a player, its just a matter of the coach giving him the minutes during the season, thats just another example there.

  • Enigmatic

    Yeah, I should’ve mentioned lack of playing time being another factor. I think over time this will be an average class, not great but not bad. Certainly not as bad as say, the 2000 draft.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, drafting kids with only one year of college experience is more like “voyeurism.”

  • Timshel

    It’s not like Nerlens Noel is doing any better…. To soon? :0

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is not doing much worse either since they have the same amount of fg made

  • Mook

    pause!

  • TriggaMan

    Can anyone say Brandon 🐟
    hold your applause…

  • Saleem Rainman

    yeah, we agree there

  • danpowers

    i almost drafted him in my fantasy league, thank god i didnt lol

    but best medicine against that – either ask nbk for an online shot fix tutorial or brown just has to throw him out there one game for all 48 mins if he has to untill he makes at least one god damn shot.

  • danpowers

    you dont have to go bak that far. in preseason he had nice stretches on offense. it would be a big suprise if he didnt pick it up anytime soon

  • Shooting Guard

    lol i always look forward to your comments

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