The biggest things that Anthony Bennett must improve to prove his doubters wrong this season relate to his in-game conditioning. As his stamina and playing shape improves after recovering from shoulder surgery, he must also begin to develop consistency as a scoring threat and rebounder.
What's encouraging for Cavaliers fans, however, is that Bennett has demonstrated an ability to excel in multiple areas of concern throughout the preseason. Despite struggling with his conditioning at times, for example, he did close out the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic in dominant fashion during a recent preseason game.
While his field-goal percentage and rebounding totals have also fluctuated throughout training camp, he has come off the bench to provide solid contributions on multiple occasions.
He will need to provide those types of performances consistently when the regular season begins, though, to prove his worth as the No. 1 overall pick and silence his critics for good.