To say it’s been a rough season for Anthony Bennett would be a severe understatement.
The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball community when they selected Bennett first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and while many assumed there would be struggles moving forward, nobody expected it to be this bad.
Bennett, assuming things don’t improve, is currently on pace to have the worst season by a number one pick in their rookie season ever and is hardly seeing the court anymore. But that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers are planning to send him down to the NBA’s Developmental League. At least not right now.
The organization has not had any serious discussions of sending the top overall pick in the draft last summer to the Development League, Brown said, because he wants to keep him around the team for the scouting reports, the practice plans and the extra work. Brown said Bennett often returns to the Cleveland Clinic Courts in the evenings for extra work with the assistant coaches.
While that’s an understandable statement, Bennett needs to see floor time to improve as well. There’s nothing wrong with sending Bennett back and forth between the D-League and the NBA level for a few weeks so he can learn the game at the NBA level, but practice what he’s learned in the Developmental League.