Anthony Bennett is a 6’7 240 pound forward prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. He has huge hands, wide shoulders and an enormous 7’1″wingspan which gives him great ability to dunk the ball with power. He’s very athletic, long, quick & fast to go along with an impressive vertical. Scouts believe on the offensive end that Bennett could complement Wall and Beal well with his great offensive repertoire he displayed at UNLV where he averaged 16.1 points a game. He can take over the game on the offensive end and can become almost unguardable on the offensive end. He’s a very talented forward who can over-power SF’s and out quick PFs. Needless to say, Anthony Bennett is a very versatile offensive weapon.
As far as Bennett’s outside game goes, he has the ability to shoot it from long range, but must show he can extend that range to the NBA three pointer. He also has a good mid range jump shot which he can hit within the flow of the offense or as a pull up on the fast break. Bennett is great at creating space for his jump shot by either using a jab step on a defender or coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He has excellent footwork for someone of his size. Along with his footwork, Bennett’s shooting mechanics are very good. His shoulders are always squared and facing the basket and he is good at keeping his form the same on every shot. Last season Bennett made 36 three pointers at a rate of one per game while averaging 37.5 %. His favorite spot is on the left perimeter where he’s made 40% of his 3 pointers. He likes to hit face up jumpers in his mid range game, but it’s obvious he has the skills and abilities to further expand his game. AB’s per 40 minute point production comes to 26.2 points per game, which is one of the most efficient scoring rates in this years NBA draft.
Anthony Bennett would be a tremendous selection for what the Wizards need on their front line. The Wizards have a few outside shooters, a few defensive stoppers and an energy guy behind their starting forwards but they do not have a versatile forward who can come off the bench. Bennett would bring the Wizards instant versatile offensive energy off the bench. As I said before Bennett would be match up nightmare for most NBA small forwards and power forwards to defend for different reasons. He would be a great six man for the Wizards and will hopefully be available when the Wiz Kids are picking in June.
With Bennett, it all comes down to his effort and toughness. Despite averaging a team high 8.1 rebounds, his aggressiveness on crashing the glass didn’t shine on a nightly basis. You would think with his big frame and great strength that he would seek out contact and be a fierce rebounder but that wasn’t always the case. How much he buys in on the defensive and in rebounding will determine if he becomes a star in the NBA. He will learn that in order to be a star he is going to have to give consistent effort, especially on the defensive end.
Give us your thoughts on whether you think Mr. Anthony Bennett would be a good fit on next year’s Wizards squad. With AB not being able to participate in workouts, he might just fall to wherever Washington will be drafting.