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Anthony Bennett undersized? I beg to differ.

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Anthony Bennett undersized? I beg to differ.

For some odd reason, scouts from around the league didn't like the Bennett pick. The primary reason for that was his height. He stands at 6'7" and has a 7'1" wingspan. Is he really undersized? Let's compare him to some successful big men.

Paul Millsap - 6'6" without shoes 6'7" with shoes 7'1" wingspan. Considered one of the best rebounders in the league.

Kenneth Faried - 6'6" without shoes 6'7" with shoes 7" wingspan. Again, considered one of the best rebounders in the league.

DeJuan Blair - 6'5" without shoes 6'6" with shoes 7'2" wingspan. He's the size of a shooting guard!

Thaddeus Young - 6'6" without shoes 6'7" with shoes 6'11 1/2" wingspan. Plays the PF most of the time.

Al Jefferson - 6'8 1/2" without shoes 6'9 1/2" with shoes 7'2 1/2" wingspan. Plays center most of the time.

Kevin Love - 6'8" without shoes 6'9" with shoes 6'11" wingspan. A little undersized and average length but is a monster on the glass.

Tristan Thompson - 6'7 1/2" without shoes 6'8 1/2" with shoes 7'1" wingspan. Averaged 10 rebound per games as a sophomore in the league.

Derrick Williams - 6'7 1/2" without shoes 6'8 1/2" with shoes 7'1" wingspan. Has shown flashes of potential.

Brandon Bass - 6'6" without shoes 6'7" with shoes 7'2 1/2" wingspan. Underrated player.

James Johnson - 6'7" without shoes 6'8" with shoes 7" wingspan. Has found moderate success because of his attitude but is a solid player.

Darrell Arthur - 6'7 1/2" without shoes 6'8 1/2" with shoes 6'11" wingspan. Solid role player.

Don't forget players like Shawn Marion who spend a lot of time at the PF.

Anthony Bennett is NOT undersized. Please stop it.


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Bennett certainly has decent

Bennett certainly has decent size and excellent physical attributes for an NBA pf. I think the biggest concern for Bennett, other than whether he can become a competent NBA defender, is that many shorter PFs who like to face-up and score big have not panned out great in the NBA. Michael Beasley pretty much bombed as a PF and hasn't been much better as SF, Derrick Williams is viewed by many as a bust and probably should have never really been viewed as a combo-forward in the first place, because his only real position is PF, and Antawn Jamison, the best player in Bennett's mold, has been an inefficient black hole on offense for a while now.

I like Bennett more than most. He has the best offensive tools of any player in this past draft and has more potential on the offensive end of the floor than any other player from the 2013 draft. He is more NBA-ready as scorer than any other player from his draft. That said, having a minus defender at PF is a massive disadvantage for most teams. If he is to live up to his draft status, he has to prove his ability to defend the PF position. The physical attributes are there, but the mentality is not.

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He's as undersized as Derrick

He's as undersized as Derrick Williams is because he doesn't utilize his strength and mass. A player is as big as he plays. Defensively he was a no show and didn't like to battle in the post on either end.
You're also conveniently leaving out the most important measurement for a big and that's standing reach.
His standing reach was 8'9 which is below average for an NBA PF. The average standing reach for a drafted PF is 8'11.

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Just because there are other

Just because there are other undersized PFs in the league doesn't mean Bennett isn't undersized.

Naming marginal players like Bass, Blair, Williams, Arthur and Johnson certainly isn't helping your case.

Since when is Millsap "considered one of the best rebounders in the league"?

And I've never heard Al Jefferson referred to as an undersized PF

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In the last 10 years NBA

In the last 10 years NBA championship have started these PFs:

Duncan: 6'11 in socks
Garnett: 6'11 in socks
Dirk: 7foot in socks.
P. Gasol: 7foot in socks
Bosh: 6'10.25 in socks
Sheed: 6'10 in socks

If you want to win it all, 6'7 in shoes is undersized.

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Antoine Walker, who I think

Antoine Walker, who I think is a great comparison for Bennett, was the starter at PF for the 2005 champion Heat. He's 6'10" though but a couple inches isn't a big deal.

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Antoine Walker started at

Antoine Walker started at small forward on that team while Udonis Haslem started at power forward. Plus Antoine was listed at 6'9" fyi.

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He is undersized for a 4, but

He is undersized for a 4, but there's no rule undersized players can't be good.

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Your right man. Can I ask

Your right man. Can I ask you, where can I find Bennett's measurements? Someone posted he has a 8'9" standing reach. I don't think it's a bad measurement as Kawhi Leonard's is 8'10" and he's a good rebounder.

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I normally go to

I normally go to draftexpress, but all they had on Bennett was his height in shoes and wingspan.

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His shoulder kept him out of the combine

All they have are his Hoop Summit measurements. Seeing him there in 2012, will say it is incredibly hard to give him the 6-8 he tends to be listed at. 6-7 is much more likely, though his weight and wingspan give him an added boost size wise. Andrew Wiggins was definitely a bit taller than him, he was measured at 6-7.5 in 2012 and 6-8 in 2013. I doubt that he grew, saw him recently and he is a big kid, however more so with having broad shoulders as opposed to noticeable height (other than being much taller than the average human being). Can't confirm the 8-9 standing reach from the Hoop Summit, they did not measure standing reach for the International guys that year (at least that were given to the media). However, it seems believable and they list it here:

http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/why-the-wizards-should-roll-the-vegas-dice-on-canadian-star-anthony-bennett.html

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Kawhi's a good rebounder in

Kawhi's a good rebounder in comparison with other SF's

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The last few SMALL FORWARDS

The last few SMALL FORWARDS in the NBA Finals have been at least 6'7 and with longer wingspans. LeBron James is 6'9 and freakishly huge. Shane Battier got time at the 3 spot and he is 6'8. When the Mavs won the title they had Shawn Marion as essentially a small forward and he is at least 6'7 with a long wingspan.

Last year the Thunder went to the Finals. Kevin Durant is AT LEAST 6'9 with an unreal wingspan.

This year, the Spurs represented the West and started Kawhi Leonard at small forward. He is 6'7 at worst and also has a very long wingspan.

Not only are most power forwards bigger these days, the small forwards are also larger. Another guy like Rudy Gay has the size, length, and moves to post up a guy like Anthony Bennett. And Rudy is a guy who mainly sticks to the 3 spot (rarely used as a stretch four).

P.S. The Cavs could have made the EASY decision and taken Victor Oladipo at 1, but NOOOOOOO. Just think of a Kyrie Irving and Oladipo backcourt with Waiters off the bench. Or they could go small and play all 3. They then have Andy V. and TT up front. Tyler Zeller is a nice young big too. And they signed Andrew Bynum as a legit center. That's a team. And next year should be better for small forwards anyway...

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Shane battier listed 6'8, I

Shane battier listed 6'8, I wouldnt be suprised if he is 6'9-6'9.5. And Lebron is not 6'9. You didnt do any research did you?

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Siggy makes a good point, once again

You are leaving too many things out. If he were the rebounder that Kevin Love was or even on Kenneth Faried's level, it would be one thing. It is not that he is bad on the boards, just simply not on their level. It has less to with size with those two as opposed to their instinct, IQ and ability as rebounders. This was seen at the college level as being of greater value than Anthony Bennett. Not saying that Faried is a better player, he certainly does not have the offensive versatility of Bennett, however he is a better rebounder, gives much more energy on defense and has the 3 inches of standing reach.

The site that shall not be named (where I am guessing you got the information of the player heights, etc.) has a great database of player heights and so on. If you go by their "Average Measurements by Position", you will see that Bennett falls below 2 out of 3. His arms help, his 7-1 wingspan is good, however, that is still average as opposed to being a LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Pau Gasol or Greg Monroe he may have to defend.

Kevin Love is the only player you listed who would truly be considered an All-Star level player, and I have a hard time seeing Bennett being close to the type of rebounder he was. Even with Millsap and Faried, though they both played in smaller conferences, both had a much more physical style of play than Bennett, particularly on the boards. He has potential in that area, just has never been the level of prolific rebounder as those players at any level I have seen.

The fact is, most of those players you listed have had similar struggles with Bennett, especially in helping teams featuring them to winning records. Dennis Rodman was short for a PF, with a monster wingspan, but is every shorter player with a long wingspan going to rebound like him? It is very hard for me to see Bennett being on that level and I think he will have a lot of difficulty defending larger PF's. In the end it does not come down to position as much as being an All-Around basketball player, Bennett definitely has ability in that regard. I think defense could be an issue and I do not see him physically dominating players to the extent he was able to in college. His conditioning will need a lot of work and he will need to display more physical play as opposed to looking like he can dole out pain, which I think is a common critique with his doubters.

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Most of the guys you listed

Most of the guys you listed are almost an inch taller. Faried is 6'8", Love is 6'10", and Millsap is 6'8".

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Bennett is 6'7 with shoes on,

Bennett is 6'7 with shoes on, he's undersized. I loved him in high school and college but am concerned about is weigh. He seems to have the ability of adding it easily, and not in the good way.

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He may be UNDERsized, but at

He may be UNDERsized, but at least he is ... OVERweight.

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