Anthony Bennett Shows Signs of Life in Career-Best Game

January 28th, 2014 by Sim Risso Leave a reply »

Not much has gone right for Anthony Bennett since the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. But against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, the rookie finally provided a glimmer of hope for the future.

Bennett notched 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes of action against New Orleans, making 5 of 10 field goals, including two three-pointers. Needless to say, nearly all of his numbers against the Pelicans either tied or set a new career high.

The much-maligned rookie came into the contest boasting averages of 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.2 minutes of action. As bad as those numbers are for a No. 1 pick, perhaps his shooting woes have been even worse, as the forward has only made 25.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 14.3 percent of his three-pointers.

The rookie came into the season noted for his versatility. At 6'8", 240 pounds, his body matched that of a power forward. However, his skill set and shooting ability was similar to that of a typical small forward. Instead of being able to play both positions effective ...

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