2013 NBA Draft: New Orleans Pelicans to Draft Anthony Bennett?

By Ryan Heckman


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With the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to grab themselves an instant contributor. After getting themselves a solid starter down low in Anthony Davis last year, drafting another big man to play alongside him wouldn’t be too bad of an idea.

One of the most versatile player in this year’s draft is UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. He would give the Pelicans a boost right away, most likely getting a decent amount of playing time due to the lack of depth down low.

Bennett is a guy that can score in a multitude of ways, making him one of the more unique players to come out of this draft. He has the ability to run well on the break and finish at the hoop while also being able to take the ball inside, post up and score.

What gives him the ultimate arsenal of weapons, offensively, is his talent shooting the ball from outside. Last season he shot a respectable 38.3 percent from outside the arc. The Pelicans would greatly benefit from two emerging big men like Davis and now Bennett, if drafted. While Davis mans the paint, Bennett would be given freedom to use his abilities in spacing the floor in a variety of ways in order to give the defense fits.

At number six, Bennett would most likely be available for New Orleans to swoop up – no pun intended – and there is a great possibility they do so. The thought of Davis, Bennett, Eric Gordon – hopefully – and Austin Rivers as the future of the team could be quite appealing. Let’s hope for the sake of Pelicans fans everywhere – it still sounds incredibly unorthodox saying that – that they can make it happen.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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