Anthony Bennett has had a rough go of it.
NBA fans know the story all too well by now: No. 1 draft pick comes into the league and performs with all the pop and sizzle of flat seltzer.
This was Bennett's narrative in the 2013 NBA season, but the tale of woe may be changing into a Balboa-esque comeback story for the Canadian forward, who says he's used the offseason to become a leaner, meaner version of himself.
Toronto Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg (h/t Micah Peters of For The Win) reports that Bennett says he's lost 15 to 20 pounds after hiring a personal chef and working out furiously this offseason.
The results appear to back up the 21-year-old's claims. Journalists covering the NBA summer league all noticed that Bennett appears to have lost weight and is now demonstrating explosiveness he lacked last season.
Anthony Bennett dropped the weight looks much better. Has a nice skill set. Can shoot put ball on the floor & is very athletic— Joe Dice (@pulseofdachiefs) July 12, 2014
Anthony Bennett isn’t in good shape yet but he looks much better than he did last season. Clearly working to get there. Not far off.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) July 12, 2014
Wow...Anthony Bennett looks like a different person. #CavsAreRolling— Adam the Bull (@AdamtheBullFAN) July 12, 2014
If their word doesn't do it for you, check out some of the video taken of Bennett over the last week. He's driven, dished and slammed home some acrobatic dunks—moves that would've been impossible for him only four months ago.
Bennett, who looked like a taxiing jumbo jet last year, might be more along the lines of a stealth bomber in 2014.
He's coming in under the radar and, if he keeps up this determined reinvention, could be the biggest surprise contributor to this turbo-boosted Cleveland Cavaliers roster.
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