Cleveland Cavaliers 2013 Player Profile: Anthony Bennett

By John Raffel
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked many professional observers last June when they selected Anthony Bennett No. 1 in the NBA draft.

It wasn’t really a draft where one player stood out, so Bennett’s selection shouldn’t have been too surprising. The Cavaliers were convinced they got their man to add to their rebuilding efforts, and get the team back to the status of being a playoff team.

The Cavaliers recently revealed that Bennett has asthma and sleep apnea. USA Today reported that Bennett has had some breathing issues during workouts and in preseason games. The fact he had shoulder surgery in May and wasn’t able to work out that much this summer may be the reasons why he was sometimes winded. Mike Brown admitted that Bennett deals with asthma and wears a mask at night for the sleep apnea.

In his first three NBA preseason games, Bennett, a 6-foot-8, 259-pound power forward, averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds while coming off the bench. The Cavaliers expect Bennett to eventually become an explosive player who can hit the 3-point shot and arouse the fans with breakaway dunks. He can be a key impact for the Cavaliers, but his health status right now puts a question mark over his possible production this season.

Bennett will try to be consistent on both ends of the floor for the Cavs every time he’s in the game. He can put up some decent numbers as a freshman provided that he overcomes his various ailments. An unhealthy Bennett will bring out the critics who continue to question his No. 1 selection.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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