The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world when they selected Anthony Bennett first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
It wasn’t that Bennett wasn’t supposed to go high – it was just that he wasn’t supposed to go that high.
Regardless, the Cavaliers took a chance on Bennett and so far the results have been worse than they could’ve imagined. That has lead many to suggest Bennett should be sent down to the NBA’s Developmental League to refine his game considering he looks over matched at the NBA level. But the Cavaliers have refused to do that and according to Chris Mannix of SI.com feel doing so is an admission of failure.
Bennett would be the highest pick ever sent to the D-League, and there is widespread belief that the Cavaliers view a demotion as an admission of failure.
Failure or not, there’s really nothing wrong with sending the former UNLV product to the D-League. Sure, some will laugh at the notion but it gets him floor time and out of the pressures of the NBA for a while. He’ll be able to work with the coaching staff and can use the essentially meaningless games to better himself moving forward.
I don’t see any failure in that.