2013 NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers May Have Chance For Anthony Bennett

By John Raffel
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If Anthony Bennett is available by the 10th NBA pick, would the Portland Trail Blazers take him? Probably. Some are suggesting that because the 20-year-old power forward from UNLV is only a freshman, he may be skipped until the 10th pick.

The Blazers aren’t exactly looking for a power forward and it’s doubtful they would trade up a few picks to get Bennett. But there’s some scenarios which have him unpicked by the 10th selection and if that was the case, the Trail Blazers would love to have him in the lineup.

They would have to find a way to work him around some of the other stars and do need to come up with different positions for him and another players. But he can certainly help a team that was 33-49 last season and collapsed in the last three weeks to go from a playoff contender to a lottery pick.

Bennett averages 27.1 minutes, 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 70.1 percent from the free-throw line. What the Blazers would love about Bennett is that he is an explosive leaper, can score inside and out, has a good jump shot out to the 3-point arc, is an excellent rebounder and has good hands.

He’s capable of scoring inside the paint and being a threat from all over the court. He’s an extra weapon who will make the Trail Blazers a more dangerous team.

Some NBA scouts are saying he may be eligible after nine picks. If he is, Portland will be very fortunate.


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