Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett Off To Rough Start

By Juan Pablo Aravena

Many pundits, the media and the 99 percent of the people watching the 2013 NBA Draft got surprised when the Cleveland Cavaliers chose Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick.

The UNLV product entered the league with a chip on his shoulder and with all the pressure of being another high pick on a team that has been rebuilding for years. Even though is still early in the season, it’s safe to say that the experiment isn’t working out for any of the parties involved.

After the first games of the campaign, Bennett hasn’t been able to find the basket so far. His numbers are very weak: He averages .5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game to start a year where he has shot 0-for-15 from the field.

Some of it might be due to anxiety and bad selection of his shots, as eight of his 15 attempts have been from beyond the arc. He has looked rawer than expected when attacking the basket, and even though he’s been able to hustle and contribute on the glass he needs to start putting the ball in the basket if he wants to continue getting minutes.

So far Bennett has seen a bit more than 10 minutes per game as the front court is crowded with Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum getting the majority of the minutes. His poor start of the year hasn’t helped his case, but if he’s able to turn things around he should get better as the season advances.

Only four games have been played on the schedule so there’s still time for Bennett to turn it around. But he needs to adjust himself to the league pace quickly to avoid being labeled as a bust.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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