What’s Holding Anthony Bennett Back from NBA Success?

September 10th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

For most NBA players, August and September are the dog days on the calendar. During these late summer months, player-organized minicamps, individual workouts and promotional trips overseas soak up the time not spent relaxing with friends and family.

For Anthony Bennett, August and September have been imbued with a sense of purpose and determination that folks familiar with his work in the Association probably won't readily recognize. If anything, the man-child, who's spent the summer running, dunking, rebounding and swatting in a No. 10 jersey for Team Canada, might look more like an impostor than a bust for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

In Cleveland, Bennett missed his first 16 shots as a pro on the way to turning in arguably the worst rookie season ever seen from a No. 1 overall pick. In Minnesota, where he wound up by way of the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade in August 2014, Bennett's production improved, but only about as much as could be seen through a microscope.

But at the 2015 Pan American Games in his hometown of Toronto, Bennett looked like a man among boys, including on hi ...

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