Anthony Bennett was phenomenal last year for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. Without all of the injury issues he could have led the Runnin’ Rebels to the Sweet 16. Bennett averaged 16.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 APG and played over 30 games during his college career. The Canadian native was drafted with the No.1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bennett, who is 6’8 reminds me a lot of former NBA player Larry Johnson. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers are still young in a very experienced Eastern Conference but, I fell like Bennett can have a huge impact on the team if he develops sooner than later. Bennett has more of a upside with his mid-range and long-range game, not to mention he’s a bit faster than Johnson was. Bennett was a shock to the entire Cavalier Nation including myself.
Alongside Kyrie Irving, I expect a strong playoff push from the Cavaliers, who also have a familiar name in former head coach Mike Brown. Bennett is in the right system to become a future NBA All-Star. Bennett needs to work on a few areas of his game if he plans on assisting his teammates to a championship anytime soon. Out of all the great rookie talent, I feel Bennett is more fit to win right now and most NBA ready.
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