Did the Cavs Screw Up with Anthony Bennett?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have played four games this year, and their first-round draft pick has yet to score.
Forward Anthony Bennett is now 0-for-15 shooting and, to put it mildly, has been a big disappointment so far. Remember, this was the player who was chosen over Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, and Victor Oladipo. For comparisons, Carter-Williams helped the 76ers to a 3-0 start before their loss to the Warriors yesterday. He's shot 26-for-64 from the field and led a wild, unexpected victory over the Miami Heat.
Oladipo has Orlando sitting at 2-2, which is a testament to his ability given his supporting cast. Many are already hyping him for Rookie of the Year, as he is averaging 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 13.4 PPG as the Magic's shooting guard. Meanwhile, Noel is likely out for the year for the 76ers as he rehabs ACL-torn knee.
At least with Noel, the 76ers know that his lack of playing now will lead to an improved performance later down the road. They aren't anticipating any immediate returns from their first-round pick, so expectations can be tempered.
Bennett, on the other hand, is seen as a crucial element for the Cavs. Not only should he be an asset to Kyrie Irving, but I'm sure Cleveland fans are hoping he'll be a bargaining chip for bringing LeBron back next year (FYI, not happening, Cleveland).
Nobody wants to see a first overall pick struggle, and Bennett has the tangibles to overcome this shaky start. The only question is, will he perform at his expected level in the eyes of Dan Gilbert?
Considering the fact that the Cleveland owner promised fans a ring before LeBron got his, that answer is probably a no.