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There's just no way Anthony Bennett lives up to No. 1-overall hype—not after missing all of summer league and most of the offseason following shoulder surgery. And not when Cleveland has a crowded frontcourt consisting of Earl Clark, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Andrew Bynum and Tyler Zeller.
The Cavaliers will be entering a win-now year with the goal of reaching the playoffs. Coach Mike Brown won't feel obligated to play his rookie if he's struggling to produce or slow to get going.
Bennett also doesn't project too favorably on defense, given the size disadvantage he'll be at as a 4. And offensively, his strength won't be the weapon it was when he used it at UNLV.
I'd give Bennett a year before expecting much, especially considering Cleveland's deep frontcourt rotation.
Shabazz Muhammad on the other hand is another story. Not only should he have a quiet rookie year, but Muhammad's weaknesses could hold him back as a long-term player.
He was brutal at times during summer league. He doesn't defend or rebound, nor can he create for others, illustrated by his .8 assist-per-game average at UCLA.
Muhammad appears to be a one-dimensional scorer with size and athletic limitations for a wing.
It could be a long time before he cracks an NBA rotation.