Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 10:20 am  |  6 responses

Anthony Bennett Willing to Play in the D-League


Cleveland Cavaliers big man Anthony Bennett has undergone an awful rookie season, and he’s not above being sent down to the D-League to rebuild his game (and, above all, self-confidence). Per the Plain Dealer:

“It’s something I’d think about, for sure,” Bennett said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence.”

“It’s a learning process, and all I can do is just work hard, you know?” he said. “I’m just patient. I missed the whole summer due to the surgery, so I’m kind of behind in everything, trying to catch up on everything. Like I said before, the only thing I can really do is work hard. It doesn’t show much in the games, but in practice I’ve been going hard. My conditioning is a lot better. I lost weight and everything. So it’s coming along slowly.”

Bennett is averaging 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in about 10 minutes a game. He’s shooting just 26.9 percent (29 of 108). Much like Dion Waiters last year as a rookie, he relies too much on jumpers instead of driving to the basket. About a quarter of his shots have been 3-pointers. He has made just four, or 14.3 percent. To this point, the Cavs have resisted a Canton assignment, believing they can monitor his progress and development more carefully if he remains with the team.

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He’s okay with it. Please send him to the D-League to get some minutes and confidence back up.

  • Dfrance

    He said he’s open to it like he should really have a say in the matter. Lmao!

  • TV63

    If a proven veterans like Rondo can go to the D-League so can Bennett. There is no shame in this and should have happened sooner.

  • brothasdontsurf

    I feel for the dude. He isn’t like Nerlens Noel, who made such a big deal about believing he should have been the top pick.

    Anthony Bennett simply played the best he could in college and wound up becoming the top pick in the draft, like a Michael Olowokandi or Kwametheus Brown.

  • spit hot fiyah

    26.9 % for big is just brutal. i liked him a lot too coming out of college, shows how much i know.

  • Vince Gully

    i liked him too coming out of college. i thought he had a chance to become the next Larry Johnson. He just got drafted by the wrong team that already had too many power forwards. Hopefully his confidence isnt too shot.