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Can Anthony Bennett become a SF in NBA?

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Can Anthony Bennett become a SF in NBA?

Can Anthony Bennett become a SF in NBA?
There's lot of doubts about is foot-speed and defense ability, but imagine... that this thing could happen, where do you draft him ? Top 3 pick? Top 7?
Or , in bad case, he'll remain a DeJuan Blair ( more offensive ) player ?


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I think Bennett's ability to

I think Bennett's ability to play the SF spot has been overstated as a problem. I mean, the Knicks played 6'5 Iman Schumpert at the SF spot the whole playoffs and now the Heat are playing Mike Miller as their starting SF.
It's more about fitting in the system, I'm sure that if a team drafts him they could make up for his inability to guard the quicker offensive-minded SFs (of which there aren't many at all) with a switch or a double team.
I mean how many small forwards out there will really destroy Anthony Bennett except for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Paul George? It's not like there is no way around it.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that if a team thinks Bennett is a very good and very talented player that will fit in their offensive and defensive systems they can let this question about playing the SF or PF sod itself.

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He could become a decent

He could become a decent small forward but he'll be most effective as a power forward due to his strength, rebounding and pick n' pop ability. Bennett won't be able to guard NBA small forwards effectively as his agility isn't up to par. The issue with Bennett is he thinks he's a small forward (he even admitted this), maybe he can develop into a three down the line but from what I've seen from him at UNLV he'll be a nightmare to guard as a four and should focus on developing in that area.

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i agree with the post above,

i agree with the post above, PF would suit him better but i believe he could play SF..I think hes more productive playing the 4 tho

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If the Pistons draft him

If the Pistons grab him at #8 then he can play small forward cuz we have Drummond back there. I could also see us trying to trade Monroe for a top ten pick and that way we get Bennett and possibly MCW!

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That's a turrible turrible trade

There is flat out NO ONE in this draft I would trade Monroe for. He is one of the best young centers in the league, solid at both ends and a very underrated passer. He is consistant and professional which is needed when your other big is still an enigma and has so much room to grow. The Monroe/Drummond pairing has a very good chance at being successful, IDK why you would want to mess with that.

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I could see him playing like

Boris Diaw when he was starting at PNX. Diaw was a little slow on the perimeter, but not by much (now he's old, fat and plays 4/5 for the Spurs). Then on the offensive end it was a nightmare to try and guard him. He had enough ball handling to get to the post against any 3 guard and then he just physically dominated them.

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Quickness vs. Size

I think it is easier for the opposing team to exploit a lack of quickness than it is a lack of size. So, given the choice of being slower than the guy you are checking, or being smaller, you are better off being smaller, but quicker.

A recent example, and a good tweener comparison, is Derrick Williams. Williams was initially tried at the 3, and for the most part really struggled on the defensive end, mostly because he couldn't stay in front of his guy. When Williams was moved to the 4 (after Love broke his hand) he had a much easier time of it. On offense, Williams was able to take the opposing 4 outside and either shoot over him or go around him. On defense only the real beasts, like Blake and Faried, gave Williams more than he could handle.

Bennett is more physical than Williams, although a little smaller. I would stick him at the 4 unless, and until, he proves that he is too small to play there.

I see Bennett going to Washington.

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I think he could play the

I think he could play the small forward in a few years from now, but he's better off playing power forward. He could be like Chuck Hayes and become a good position defender. Also, his long arms will help him contest jump shots against bigger players.

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It doesn't matter where he

It doesn't matter where he plays, if he can DEFEND small forwards as well as power forwards. He can hold his own against guys like Zach Randolph if he gives some effort.

The big question is can he guard LeBron and Carmelo? He's probably not there yet, but if he can at some point then he will have a TON of value. Those are two of the tougher guys in the league to guard. If he can guard those two and other bigger 3's like Rudy Gay as well as power forwards like Z Bo, or Kevin Love, etc. then it won't matter if he plays offense as a pure power forward or a pure small forward. Let the other teams worry about that matchup then.

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His quickness is very

His quickness is very underrated. I watched every UNLV game this year (because I'm a fan), and he moved his feet exceptionally well when he was dialed in. He can be a very good defender with commitment and coaching. I think that half of the problem for him on defense last year was his poor conditioning caused by asthma. The other half was poor effort at times and lack of i.q. on defense. All of his defensive flaws are correctable though. I think that as his conditioning gets better, his defense will get better as well. He had to come out of games after going hard for a few series.

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the problem with young

players is that they think about the size too much. Bennett think that he would be a "power" small forward at 6-8 240 but he doesn't realize that he's far more efficient at the four. It's often the case with young PF who can handle and shoot a bit from three, they think that because you can shoot from outside you can be a three while it's the fact that you can DEFEND a three which helps you transition

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Name a tweener sf/pf that

Name a tweener sf/pf that made a successful transition to the small forward in the nba?

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Name a tweener sf/pf that

Name a tweener sf/pf that made a successful transition to the small forward in the nba?

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Marvin Williams is the only

Marvin Williams is the only name that comes to mind but even that has not been a big success. Also he was projected as a small forward and nothing like the playing style or body type of Bennett.

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Maybe Antoine Walker?

Maybe Antoine Walker?

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tweener

Memo made a successful transitions. Bennet is a power forward in the eastern conference and small forward in the west simple as that college power forwards make the transition to small forward all the time he can driblle shoot and has the wingspan and athleticism to make up for getting beat of the dribble.

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