Dec 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Anthony Bennett reacts during a game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cavs' Mike Brown on Anthony Bennett: 'I'm not going to give him a free pass'

Anthony Bennett is on pace to have the worst rookie season of any number one pick. To be fair to Bennett, he’s on a pretty bad team, and the Cavs refuse to send him to the D-League to get reps and mintues.

In last night’s blowout win over the Bucks, Bennett came in and had two points on 0/4 shooting and three fouls in five minutes of action.

That sure doesn’t sound like a number one pick.

Cavs’ coach Mike Brown has been on the hot seat all season, and he knows that every game could determine his fate. Brown also isn’t taking a light stance on his rookie forward.

Via The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“For me right here, this guy is going to succeed for us,” Brown said. “And I want touch him and feel him and much as possible.”

He’s our top pick. He’s the No. 1 pick in the draft, so he’s going to get plenty of opportunity. I’m going to give him plenty of opportunity. But, as you can see, I’m not going to give him a free pass.”

So they say he’s going to succeed, but they won’t send him to the D-League, and they won’t give him minutes if he messes up. That’s not a brilliant strategy. The D-League has been a useful tool for many teams and players, and the lack of willingness to send Bennett down seems stubborn and ignorant from both sides. This pick may end up haunting Cleveland for years to come.

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  • Vince Granieri

    Usually a bad team provides more opportunities for a first rounder, not less. Bennett’s ultimate value will take a few seasons to determine and thats the issue. Some think that the Cavs could ill afford a project pick at #1 and it looks like they are right. This draft was not very strong and that’s the real issue. Did Grant make the right decision by sacrificing the here and now? Time will tell but i think that failure to make the playoffs will mean Grant is fired.

  • Letterman007

    One can only hope Grant is packing up his belongings and leave room for Mike Brown!! All the extra practice in the world is no good if you sit on the bench and can’t get enough playing time to put the practice to work!! He was given some time last night against the Bucks and how did that go? He had the look of a deer in headlights and couldn’t even muscle a dunk into the basket!! Grant and Brown are watching their legacy with the Cav’s take a leap off the Terminal Tower!!!

  • Gary

    Bennett is a total wash out. I can’t remember the last team who had a first round draft pick who couldn’t play basketball. How did he manage to play in college? They need to dump this bum, trade him or send him to developmental squad. Didn’t they wonder why no other team was high on this guy in last draft?
    As Brown said “He’s our top pick. He’s the No. 1 pick in the draft”. He was The Cavs number one pick, not any other team. Being the Cavs number one pick doesn’t make him the number one pick.