The number one overall draft pick in 2013 was UNLV’s Anthony Bennett. Cleveland has been taking heat for choosing a project like Bennett over sure-thing Victor Oladipo or Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel.
Critics were proven right early on. In Bennett’s first 32 NBA games he averaged 2 points and 2 rebounds while shooting a miserable 26% from the floor. Fortunately for the Cavs’ Anthony Bennett came to life one month before his twenty-first birthday.
With Cleveland out of the playoff race in the East, coach Mike Brown is giving Bennett some run. Over the last eight games the twenty-year old is playing 22 minutes per night. He’s produced 9 points and 5 rebounds per game. Throw in a super efficient 1.4 points per shot and Cleveland’s big investment is starting to pay dividends.