While Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo impressing, the #1 overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft is still looking to make his first field goal.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Anthony Bennett has attempted 15 shots in four games for the Cavaliers and has missed all 15. He has two points, both coming from the free throw line in the Cavaliers’ first game, a 98-94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
“He’s probably pressing to a certain degree,” Cavaliers’ head coach Mike Brown told ESPN.com after practice Tuesday. “So it’s probably a little of that and a little bit of being on a big stage now in the regular season with it counting. There’s probably some of where his opponents are looking at him and saying that they’re going to come at him. They may not care that he’s the No. 1 pick.”
Brown has given Bennett plenty of compliments, telling reporters he believes his defense is better than he thought it would be at this point.
“I look at it as he’s a guy that can grow slowly into his role with us and that’s the exciting part of it,” Brown explained. “I just want him to keep going out there and playing, and if you can take advantage of your opponent on either end of the floor, go ahead and do it.”
Bennett will get his next chance to make a basket when the Cavaliers travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks Wednesday night.