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Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett Comes Alive; Finally Plays Well
- Updated: January 29, 2014
It has been an extremely tough rookie season for number one overall pick Anthony Bennett.
The former UNLV big is averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 28% from the floor. He’s been so bad he’s fallen out of Cleveland’s regular rotation and ESPN draft expert Chad Ford called him “the worst first pick ever.”
But last night was a different story for Bennett. He played the best game of his young career in a game against the Pelicans. The Canadian rookie scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and nailed two three-pointers and finally showed the Cleveland fan base a glimmer of what the Cavaliers’ scouts saw in him as a professional prospect.
One game doesn’t mean too much, but it’s definitely a good way to jumpstart Bennett’s career. Maybe a performance like that will give him the confidence to perform at a higher level and prove all his naysayers wrong.
At this point in the season, Bennet doesn’t have a shot at winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award, but maybe his play can help the Cavaliers make a strong second half season push and sneak into the playoffs.
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