2013 NBA Draft: All Signs Point to Anthony Bennett With the New Orleans Pelicans

By Ryan Heckman


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The New Orleans Pelicans could go a variety of directions with their number six overall pick in next week’s 2013 NBA Draft. While the top 10 prospects have been shuffled quite frequently, aside from near-lock at number one Nerlens Noel, the Pelicans appear to remain set on their choice.

The majority of mock drafts recently have stuck with the Pelicans taking UNLV forward Anthony Bennett at number six overall. Currently with a starting front court containing the young Anthony Davis and a below-average big in Robin Lopez, the Pelicans could use another option in the paint.

Bennett and Davis would be an ideal scenario down low for New Orleans. Davis gives you the defensive presence with the rebounding and blocked shots. He’s long and athletic, being able to cover a large part of the paint on defense which is a fantastic luxury for New Orleans. He has much to learn still as a young player, but that is to be expected.

With drafting Bennett, the Pelicans would get a versatile scorer who can put the ball in the basket. Also having a huge wingspan, Bennett would create an interesting matchup for the opposition with him and Davis down low.

Widely regarded as one of the better offensive players in the draft, Bennett averaged 16.1 points per game on over 53 percent shooting last season. He also put up 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, showing his ability to be a complete player on both ends.

If the Pelicans have the opportunity to nab Bennett with the sixth pick, they would be foolish not to. Not only in my opinion, but in just about every mock draft out there, the Pelicans should absolutely go Bennett’s direction. He is the best fit overall and can give New Orleans a future at the power forward position for years to come.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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