2013 NBA Draft: Charlotte Bobcats Taking Close Look To Anthony Bennett

By John Raffel
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Steve Clifford has assumed the reins of Charlotte Bobcats coach, the speculation continues on the player he favors taking on June 27 during the NBA draft.

Don’t be surprised if Anthony Bennett’s name is called when it’s the Bobcats’ turn.

Speculation is that Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore will have been taken before the Bobcats pick. Then it’s wide open. If Bennett’s name is still available, the Bobcats will have to give him a close look.

Because the Bobcats have an investment with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, picking Bennett might not make sense.

But it would give the Bobcats more options, considering Kidd-Gilchrist had a disappointing rookie season and Bennett would either give the Bobcats another player at that position or allow Clifford to put either layer in another position.

Bennett is 20 but played with plenty of maturity in his only season at UNLV.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound freshman averaged 27.1 minutes, 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game. He also shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent in 3-pointers. Some draft experts have Bennett as high as No. two while others have him between eight and 12.

What the Bobcats might find desirable about Bennett is his athleticism and versatility; the concern is that he’s relying too much on his perimeter game. Clifford will have to make the final decision on where Bennett’s talents fit in to what Charlotte is probably going to be able to provide on the court.

It won’t be surprising if Bennett becomes a Bobcat. If he does, Charlotte fans will have a reason for rejoicing.


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