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Anthony Bennett

  • Full Name: Anthony Bennett
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 240
  • Birthdate: March 14, 1993
  • College: UNLV
Cleveland Cavaliers Round 1: Pick 1
 

- Cavaliers Introduce Bennett
- NBA Style: Anthony Bennett
- Anthony Bennett Draft Diary

 

Strengths
- Good athlete
- Long (7-1 wingspan)
- Good hands
- Shooting range past the 3-point line
- Good footwork in the post
- Good rebounder

Weaknesses
- Doesn’t have prototypical NBA four man size

NBA projection
Bennett is a lottery pick because of his rare combination of scoring skills, length and athletic ability. He doesn’t have ideal power forward size for the NBA, but because he’s got long arms and is athletic, he overcomes that disadvantage. He’s also quicker than opponents that are bigger, and he has the ability to take them out on the perimeter and score.

2012-13 Season
Bennett was the first UNLV player to be voted Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 13 seasons and was also selected to the Sporting News' All-Freshman Team and the United States Basketball Writers Association's Freshman All-America Team. He earned first-team All-Mountain West honors after leading the Rebels in scoring, rebounding and 3-point percentage, and he was the first freshman in UNLV history to leave for the NBA after just one season.

Key statistics
16.1 ppg | 8.1 rpg | 1.0 apg | 1.8 tpg | 1.2 bpg | 27.1 mpg | .533 FG | .375 3PT | .701 FT

Cool statistic
Bennett was consistent, scoring in double figures in his first 17 games as a collegian, racking up 12 double-doubles, third among Division I freshmen, and scoring 20 or more points 13 times.

Reminds me of ...
Rodney Rogers

What Insiders Say
UNLV coach Dave Rice
“There's not much that he can't do on a court. He can score from the perimeter.  He can score in the post. He's a fabulous rebounder.  The only thing that he lacked coming in was just experience.  And yet the thing that stands out most for me is what a great teammate he is.”

What Outsiders Say
California coach Mike Montgomery
“He's a classic power forward. I think the first thing you look at when you're talking NBA is body. It's silly, but that's what the league has gotten to. They look at your body.  Do you have an NBA body, long arms, high hips, weight, strength, athletic ability, he's got all that.

“He's got a prototypical four‑man body. And he's skilled.  He can shoot the ball. So you're talking about a big guy that can go in and match up and bang with big people in that league defensively and maybe on the glass, but yet he can step away and shoot the ball.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch