The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the world on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft. As everyone was expecting to hear Nerlens Noel’s name announced with the first overall pick, the Cavaliers pulled a fast one and actually selected Anthony Bennett out of UNLV.
Bennett is still recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered in college and the subsequent surgery, so he isn’t playing with the Cavs at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League. However, that hasn’t stopped things about Bennett from coming out, most notably what new Cleveland head coach Mike Brown said Bennett’s role with his new team will be in the upcoming season.
In a report from Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, Brown told Finnan that Bennett is without a doubt going to be playing at the four. He didn’t close the door to the possibility of Bennett eventually getting some minutes at the small forward, but did say that wouldn’t be an option until “way, way, way down the road.”
Bennett’s positioning was one of the knocks on him coming into the draft. He played the four at UNLV, but at just 6’7” he measures as more of a tweener. The even more interesting thing is that his skill-set further solidifies his place as a tweener. He has the strength and ability to make things happen in the post, but also possesses a solid shooting stroke and the ability to knock down the outside shot.
According to Brown, though, he sees Bennett having more success at the power forward. He thinks Bennett’s 7’1” wingspan, strength and surprising athleticism will allow him to be an effective rebounder in the post and help him be a versatile scorer at the four. Bennett will still need to develop defensively, but that’d be the case for him at any position. Brown, however, strongly believes in his potential as a power forward.