With everyone in the Barclays Center and at home watching the 2013 NBA Draft expecting to hear Nerlens Noel’s name be called with the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting first overall, the Cavs flipped the script on everyone by drafting Anthony Bennett. Despite the surprise of the pick, though, there’s no denying Bennett’s skills and potential heading into his NBA career.
Bennett is now officially a member of the Cavs as he posted a picture to his Instagram account of him signing his contract. There is still no word on what the terms of Bennett’s rookie deal are going to be, but it’s pretty safe to expect that it’s a sizeable amount of money heading the 20-year-old Canadian’s way.
However, one of the drawbacks regarding Bennett as he heads into his rookie season is the fact that he’s currently rehabbing from a shoulder injury that necessitated surgery. That injury kept Bennett from working out with teams and participating at the NBA combine prior to draft night, even if it didn’t stop Cleveland from drafting him.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Bennett was asked about his shoulder injury and what his plans for the rest of the off-season are. He responded by saying that he was still in rehab and that he wasn’t setting any deadlines or anything for himself, but also added that he should be able to resume playing by the end of this month.
Even if it’s the beginning of September before Bennett can start playing ball again, that will be fine for the Cavs. Essentially, Bennett needs to be in training camp and the preseason so that he can pick up the flow of an NBA environment and develop his game more to an NBA level. In the end, though, he should be ready to prove himself by the start of the regular season, which should be exciting.