Why are people so high on him? I'm a UNLV fan, and I think he's overrated and will be out of the league in 3-4 years. He may have talent, but he has terrible intangibles. He gives no effort on defense, and he gives up when the going gets tough. He's unwilling to fight back, and it's easy to take him out of the game. Just start being physical with him. He may look like Tarzan, but he plays like Jane.
Am I wrong here?
Cuz he's a freshman averaging slightly less than 18 ppg and 9 rpg and he still has room to grow. And I would bet heavily on him being in the league in 3 to 4 yrs. Why call him Jane though? Could you average even half of his stats as a 18 year old freshman... or would you just look like a little girl out there? My guess is probably the latter.
He only shoots about 45% on the road, and he only makes about 25% of his three pointers on the road. Like it said, he's talented. When you're talented, it's easy to do well when things are going well. I care about how people respond to adversity. He doesn't respond to adversity.
I call him Jane because he plays like a girl. He lets guys who weigh 30 lbs. less than him push him around. Also, Stacey Augmon has his way with him in practices. He doesn't work hard enough to establish position in the low post. He settles for bad three pointers. So, he may look like Tarzan, but he plays like Jane. He's soft.
Yes, I do think he's overrated, especially by the people who aren't able to catch many UNLV games and have him slotted top 3 or even top 5, but in this draft he's still a lotto talent. I'll disagree with you on him staying in the league, but how long he stays and in what capacity all depends on which direction he plans to go. If he embraces the role of a physical PF with face up skills, then he'll succeed. I think the biggest problem with him is that he's got a SF's mentality. He's indicated that in interviews and it manifests in games. What you see now was the same story in HS too. He did not play as physically as you'd figure someone with his build would.
I also agree that he is terrible defensively and that is being completely overlooked by sites like this. Not only is he a tweener defensively, but he lacks effort and awareness too.
Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggin are all Canadians that have or will be drafted in the top 5. Watch out America ;) haha
You can tell some people have no clue on what there talking about here. Bennett will be a top 5 pick and will be a decent player in the league, period!!!
Did Bennett ignore you when you asked him for an autograph or not invite you to a campus party? Seems like theres some side motive behind this thread.
Everyone agrees Bennett is a tweener even Draymond Green has proved to be able to make the transition from Michigan St to Golden St and adapt to the NBA game to a degree and Green does not have half the athleticism, nearly as good of an offensive skillset or polished jumper, and is way out of shape compared to Bennett. Most freshman have no clue how to defend whatsoever. To say he wont be a star is debatable, although to say he will not be a role player is a bad opinion.
The thought of GM's being able to acquire an athletic Paul Millsap will put him in the first round alone, although I do believe as games get much tighter and tournament basketball begins his defensive weakness will present itself and his stock will drop. Theres also those injury concerns that could have his draft stock like Perry Jones or Jared Sullinger.
What part of intangibles do you not understand? Talent will only get you so far. Go watch the Air Force game from last night. He is NOT tough.
Intangibles can be taught. For a 18 year old 6'8 240 pound PF to have the frame, athleticism, shooting touch, post skills, and confidence Bennett has is unheard of.
He doesn't have confidence. You're NOT watching the games. When things don't go his way, he throws in the towel. Tell me how that will fare in the NBA?
Intangibles cannot be thought, it's like instinct, you can't teach it you have to get it over the years. Look at Rondo he is easily the second best point guard in the L but he just can't be a vocal leader.