Did anyone see his performance today? 25 points and 13 rebounds. This guy is a surefire lottery pick if he keeps this up. Why is NBADraft.net sleeping on him?
But hes still kinda a tweener size wise but hes just really effective all over the court. The only issue I see his health. Had some ankle/foot issues in HS and has recently been suffering from back pains. Top 15 for sure tho
If he doesn't get drafted that high then the guy is a 1st rounder for sure.Granted he is undersized the boy is effective and just horsing people out there.Also be mindful he is just 19 years old.
whats the issue if hes 19 years old? Poythress and Shabazz are 19 years old too
The guy is a stud. When Birch becomes eligible, he will play out on the perimeter more and show that he can do damage from out there.
They could do very little to stop him, not to mention he made some crucial baskets down the stretch as well from different spots on the floor. The issue is, he is basically playing 4/5 and so few people can match-up with him physically. While he has some perimeter skills, it is a big unknown as to how he will defend perimeter players. Throw in that he has indeed been injury prone, he may be seen as an undersized 4 as opposed to a beastly 3.
With all of this being said, their has not been a freshman in the nation playing better than him early on. Had a chance to watch their only loss of the season against Oregon (Go Ducks!) and he physically dominated our senior front court players. Even a tough guy like Arsalan Kazemi had a lot of difficulty boxing him out and stopping his length. The issue is, the average PF in the NBA is taller and longer than even Bennett.
His early work leads me to believe that he is gone after this season and I do not think their are going to be many basketball players in this draft better than he is. The only thing stopping him from being a possible lottery pick would be his lack perimeter skills translating to the NBA SF position and the question mark about injuries. He still has a fantastic frame and athleticism that could still make him one of the top prospects in this draft, just as it did his high school class.
He may not have ideal height but he has broad shoulders, long arms and is already 245.
I have had him in my top 5 since I made my mock draft. He's raw still yes, but has a lot of potential to be a special type of player that defies the normal stereotypes of a player of his size.
Another question is if he keeps playing like this and the Raptors end up with a top 3 selection, will they pass on a unique home grown talent like this?
He is the best freshman so far.
I thought for the last year that Bennet was one of the best incoming freshman and had the type of game to make an immediate impact. It's not just this site Bennet has been undervalued by scouts for awhile now, maybe it's because he's Canadian, seriously I dunno what else to think.
I do not think Bennet is undersized because he's 245 pounds and has a massive wingspan. He's more then physically capable of starting at PF in the pro's. Look at guys like Brandon Bass and Thad Young who have similar height but effectively start at PF for playoff teams.
He reminds me of a young Antwawn Jamison or at the very worse Clarence Weatherspoon who still had a solid career despite being a 6'6 PF.
He's definitely gone after this year, he's got to take care of his family. He's going to need to improve his perimeter shooting (which I think he will, he's got a decent form ) to say the college 3 distance in the NBA to be effective. I love his attitude of wanting to dunk on everyone and anyone.
If he goes in the lotto does a team draft him as a 3? I'm confused on why you would want a 6'6 PF in the top 14? I really like the kid but he seems like the kind of guy who is better served slipping and going to a more established team. He's a shorter more athletic Milsap the way I see it.
A 6'7 250lbs chiseled SF/PF, great athleticism, great rebounder with an inside/outside game and from UNLV. You would think we would be talking about Larry Johnson. Anyone else see the comparison?
What does Alex polythress do better than him? Hes not as quick in straight lines as Alex or as intense a defender but hes a way better scorer/shooter offensive player overall even is he not. Bennett got serious hops too just incase you didnt know.
?? You just answered your own question.
Anthony Bennett is on the same plane as Poythress, but Poythress is a prototypical NBA SF. Bennett IMO is more of a PF with "some" perimeter skills.
You could be right, i guess I was thinking/writing aloud lol. However thats just my opinion though. I personally dont think Alex is the prospect that many others do. So Id like to hear how others felt. You agree with my analysis?
The only difference between the two is Poythress has better 3 point range, while Bennett handles the ball better. But I see the two as very close as a prospect with a slight edge to Bennett, he seems to have a stronger body which will be a benefit if he does become an NBA PF.
Alot of players that are listed at 6'9, 6'10 are actually 6'8. If he's a legit 6'8 then his size is just fine. He is strong as an ox. His athleticism and wing span will make up for any perceived hieght disadvantage. He has a tendency to force jump shots a bit too much as opposed to just dominating the paint. He could easily be among the nation leaders in rebounds and freethrow attempts if he stayed in the paint. His jumper will be best utilized at the next level when he's able to benefit from an elite point guard creating wide open shots for him. He's easily the best freshman big in the country. I've been less impressed with other highly touted freshman such as Muhammad, McLemore, Smart, etc. He has more overall game than Thomas Robinson had last year. Someone is going to be very happy when they select Anthony Bennett next year. In this draft that lacks a sure-fire All Star, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Anthony Bennett is a Top 5 pick.
This guy was standing behind the 3 point line and took about 2 dribbles to take it to the tin and throw down on Cal. Dude is an absolute physical monster and unguardable with his steel physique, boulder shoulders, and versatility that makes hoes wanna fondle his willy.
If only he was a little taller. He measured out 6'7 in shoes; that's pushing it. At least he has the outside range and long arms he needs to make up for his lack of height.
He really does resemble Larry Johnson physically. I don't think he's quite as athletic though. Johnson had total free range of motion; he could get really low, spin, move in any direction there was an opening. I don't think Bennett has the guard like movement and body control that Johnson had.
Are you serious? Not as Athletic as LJ? Bennett has incredible body control for a 250lbs.