The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft looked like a tourist going through airport security, rather than a professional basketball player trying to free up his teammate on offense. With that said, this isn't the worst the youngster has looked during his rookie season.
Bennett's exceedingly poor play prompted ESPN insider Chad Ford to say, "It's very early, but right now, he's looking like the worst (No. 1 overall draft pick) in the past 20 years," per Jodie Valade of The Plain Dealer.
The 20-year-old out of UNLV is averaging 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game in in 29 appearances. He's shooting 14.3 percent from three-point range (4-of-28) and 27.2 percent from the field overall. His player efficiency rating of 0.99 ranks him 329th out of 330 qualified NBA players (only Chicago Bulls point guard Marquis Teague has been worse with a PER of 0.24).
He's faced a laundry list of issues in his first year as a pro, which SB Nation's David Zavac broke down in a Jan. 8 article:
The reasons for Bennett's disappointing play have been debated at length, and there isn't a possible resolution. Is it the shoulder surgery? Is it the speed of the NBA? Did he need to lose weight? How much weight? Is it his asthma? His sleep apnea? Is he taking too many threes? Is he playing the wrong position? Does Mike Brown not give rookies enough of a chance? Is this all in his head now? How do the Cavs get him to start having fun again?
Nothing has gone right for the Cavs lottery pick thus far, but playing with more fervor in an attempt to prove doubters wrong would be a good start toward turning his fortunes around. That screen "attempt" isn't a good sign.
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