The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked most NBA fans when they disregarded all the available mock drafts and selected Anthony Bennett with the first pick of the 2013 NBA draft. Head coach Mike Brown expects the young acquisition to be ready to go for training camp.
Bennett had surgery to repair a torn labrum in May and training camp wasn’t necessarily jeopardy so this just further solidifies that he should be with the team at the beginning of the season.
Brown has also given it a lot of thought of how he plans to use his rookie.
“He’s a ‘4,’” Brown said in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. “That’s where he’s going to play for us. Way, way, way down the road, we might try him at ‘3.’ Now, he’s strictly a ‘4.’ ”
How is he going to get minutes at power forward?
“I got it figured,” Brown said. “His ability to score in a lot of different ways is intriguing. His explosiveness is intriguing. His standing reach is higher than lot of guys playing power forward in the league, including Kevin Love. He’s got long arms. There’s a desire to want to be better. He has a lot of upside.”
So it seems that Bennett will be competing for minutes with Tristan Thompson, who made a lot of progress last season.