Wolves forward Anthony Bennett is representing Canada during the Pan Am games in Toronto. Bennett is from Toronto and he’s looked pretty comfortable in his first three games.
We already know that he’s put in a ton of work already.
And it seems to be paying off.
How has he done so far? Here are the results from the first three games Team Canada has played.
Canada opened up and defeated the Dominican Republic 105-88. In 28 minutes and 20 seconds, Bennett finished with a 15 points, and a team-high 10 rebounds. He shot 7-of-15 from the field, 0-of-2 from the three-point line and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. Bennett also committed three turnovers.
Here he is throwing it down. Actually, he kind of killed this dude.
Canada outscored Argentina 29-17 in the fourth quarter on its way to an 88-83 win. In that fourth quarter, Bennett had two points, two rebounds and an assist.
For the game, Bennett finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. He was perfect in this one, shooting 6-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from the three-point line and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
In a 96-76 blowout win over Mexico, Bennett finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and one assist. He shot 1-of-3 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.
In this three-point win over the United States, Bennett finished with 18 points, 14 (!) rebounds, two assists and one block. To put in perspective how impressive Bennett’s 14 rebounds were, Team USA had just 29 as a team. So yeah, Bennett was a beast on the glass. He shot 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-5 from deep.
With the win, Canada advanced to the Gold Medal Game against Brazil.
The good news: Bennett was a stud in the Gold Medal Game.
Bad news: Team Canada still lost.
In 32 minutes and seven seconds, Bennett finished with game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds. He also added one assist and one block. He struggled a bit from the field, shooting 6-of-15 from the field and 0-of-4 from the three-point line. He was solid from the free-throw line, though, shooting 6-of-8.
For the tournament, Bennett averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game over the course of five games. Timberwolves fans are hoping this is a sign of things to come for the former No. 1 pick.