Even Anthony Bennett was surprised after he was selected number one overall in this year's NBA draft and there are still a lot of doubters questioning if he can make a big impact on the team right away - something that is expected from the top draft pick.
The answer is simply that yes, he can. Bennett was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the franchise that has been in a rebuilding process since LeBron James left for the Miami Heat. This upcoming year is the one that the Cavs should become a playoff team again. They have a young team, with a leader in All-Star Kyrie Irving at the point guard spot.
Because of Irving's presence, Bennett will not be the first option on the offense, and, with Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters, he will not be even second or third scoring option. That being said, he should take a full advantage of this.
The opponent's defense won't be focusing on him as much they will on Irving or Bynum, and he will therefore have a chance to hit a lot of wide open shots. While learning the NBA game, he should also find a lot of open spaces for penetrating and driving to the basket while there won't be a lot of help defence.
Bennett has already shown that he can also take the ball and lead the team to win. In the pre-season game against Orlando Magic, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win against the Magic.
In this game, he showed some great post move and good 1-on-1 game, and also hit two threes. In his first game as a Cavalier against the Milwaukee Bucks, he showcased that he is able to run the floor well - something that Irving certainly likes.
We can expect that Bennett will have solid season, as he worked very hard this summer on improving his weaknesses. During the season, there will come time when he will need to take the ball in his hands and take responsibility for scoring the basket.
Bennett's role will probably be to hit the open shots and run the floor in transition for the easy baskets, while he will also need to be a tough defender and rebounder. It is expected that he will average 10-15 points this year, but we can expect that these points will come easier for him than they would to some other No. 1 draft pick who wouldn't have an All-Star point guard in his team.
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