The Cleveland Cavaliers and the entire NBA had already written off the 2013 No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett, but did his most recent performance show there may be some talent there after all or was it a lucky game? Bennett was a risky pick for the Cavaliers, and the sluggish, overweight rookie has struggled all season. But last night he had his career best game, although his team lost 100-89 to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bennett scored 15 points and had eight rebounds which is considered a decent night for some veterans. For a rookie who has struggled as much as him to nearly get a double-double is surely a positive for his future. Perhaps a lack of confidence was the problem, and this might helped to fix that. If he can find a few similar performances then he will believe in himself and there should no longer be any “let’s send Bennett to the D-League” discussions.
Although he has a long way to go, this can be the start of something special. If the Cavaliers can finally gain some rhythm to their play and Bennett can find the required form for the NBA, then maybe, just maybe, all hope is not lost and the Cavaliers can save their season to make a push for a playoff spot. It’s about time Bennett proves he can perform at the highest level, but now he has to prove he can continue to improve and warrant his No. 1 draft selection moving forward.