A couple months ago, I was writing about how this year's NBA first draft pick Anthony Bennett can add something new to a Cavaliers game, but the young Canadian is struggling to to even get regular minutes.
So far, Bennett played eight games in this season, averaging just above 12 minutes per game, and averaging 1.4 points per game and 2.9 rebounds. If you would look at this stats without knowing whose these numbers are, a lot of people would probably say that this player might be a late second round pick, who is getting some minutes every night so coach can rest his starters.
But these are the stats of first overall draft pick in 2013 NBA Draft. After Bennett had a solid pre-season, it was expected from him just to intensify his game and be fully ready for the regular season, as he was coming back from an injury. But Bennett's game is going into the opposite direction right now, as he is playing much worse than in the pre-season.
With Bennett struggling on the court, there have already been some conversation whether Bennett is the next Kwame Brown. Brown was the first overall draft pick in 2001 by Washington Wizards, even though he was coming out of high school.
The 7'0'' center never live up to expectations, and was bouncing around the league for a while. Right now, Brown is part of Philadelphia 76ers, but he has yet to play a game this season, as he is having problems with injuries.
It's been frustrating for Bennett that he can't get a lot of minutes on the court, and that it is hard for him to find an opportunity to shoot the ball. But we need to know that this boy is only 20 years old, and maybe he needs more time to develop and adjust to NBA life.
Of course, he will get his chance, and the Cavs organization believes in him, so with patience and persistence, Bennett can find a proper role for himself in the NBA.
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