A week of the season has now gone by. Sadly, we can never have those moments back. The joy in our hearts as Andrew Bynum ran out onto the court, the deft ball handling of Kyrie Irving, the miracle step forward of C.J. Miles, the magic of the Opening Day win against the heavily favored Brooklyn Nets.
Let’s get into this. I’m here with Alex Raffalli, who helped us out with our draft coverage for the 2013 NBA Draft, and who unsucessfully lobbied for the Cavaliers to draft Nerlens Noel from Kentucky. Noel, of course, dropped to 6th in the draft and ended up being unlikely to play the entire NBA season. However, the guy they got, Anthony Bennett, who was not seen as a likely candidate to be drafted number one overall, has struggled in this first week of the season. OK, so...
ANTHONY BENNETT, THE NO. 1 OVERALL PICK OF THE 2013 NBA DRAFT (Gannett/NBAE)
ME: All along when we heard about Anthony Bennett’s weaknesses, scoring was never supposed to be the problem, yet, he has scored a total of 3 points on 1 of 20 shooting so far, thanks to him finally making a shot in his fifth game. What’s wrong with him, and how do the Cavs fix it?
ALEX: Bad conditioning, inexperience and bad shot selection all have something to do with Bennett’s early struggle. Let me remind everyone he showed up to camp out of shape and has played a total of 61 minutes in his young pro career. Moreover, I think he probably will never miss 18 shots in a row in his career, making this weird streak more of a statistical outlier than anything to worry about too much.
That being said, I have been very disappointed with his decision making. For a player who was supposed to have immediate impact offensively, his best moments have come on the other end of the court, where we’ve seen him stay in front of different types of players (bigger or quicker than him) which was a big concern coming in the season. That’s also most likely why Mike Brown hasn’t been afraid of giving him minutes.