Former First Overall Pick Bennett Revitalized in NBA G League
The mission is to prove everyone wrong – the goal is to prove to himself that he belongs.
A noticeably leaner Anthony Bennett is now half a decade removed from being selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 2013 Draft which included the likes of a Victor Oladipo, a C.J. McCollum, and a Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Cavaliers went off the grid by selecting a Canadian prospect out of UNLV with no defined position, while coming off a broken leg.
Spending four seasons with four different teams, Bennett averaged 4.4 points across 151 games.
That was enough for NBA teams to give up on the former lottery pick.
After a year abroad, Bennett returned to the G League, and is now attempting to re-write his NBA story. Suiting up for the Agua Caliente Clippers, Bennett is averaging 15 points per game on 62% shooting from the field and an impressive 50% from long range. He may be a late bloomer, but with a more refined jump shot and added muscle, Bennett is starting to make some noise.
The Ontario-native dropped a career-best 36 points against the Austin Spurs and followed up it up with a 28 point performance against the Oklahoma City Blue. The athleticism may not be there as it pertains to the NBA level, but Bennett has the physical tools to battle on the glass underneath the basket and has transformed into a very capable shooter who can provide a team with some size on the wings coming off the bench.
At 16-7, the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the early surprises of the young NBA seasons. To this point, it is unknown whether Bennett is playing into any future plans of the Clippers, but one thing is becoming certain – Bennett has a chance to change the narrative of his career.
Not every NBA journey is clear cut and Bennett’s may be more unconventional than most, but the 6-foot-8 Canadian is determined to one day make an impact on the NBA stage.