Anthony Bennett (basketball)

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Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett by Jeremy Rincon.jpg
Bennett in March 2013.
No. 24 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionPower forward / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 21)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarold M. Brathwaite
(Brampton, Ontario)
Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeUNLV (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Cleveland Cavaliers
2014–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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For the basketball coach and former player, see Tony Bennett (basketball).
Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett by Jeremy Rincon.jpg
Bennett in March 2013.
No. 24 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionPower forward / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 21)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarold M. Brathwaite
(Brampton, Ontario)
Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeUNLV (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Cleveland Cavaliers
2014–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Anthony Harris Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bennett was raised in the city's Jane and Finch neighbourhood, and in nearby Brampton, Ontario, where he moved at age ten.[2][3] He is the son of Edith Bennett, a nurse who is originally from Jamaica, and Delroy Harris. He also has an older sister, Danielle, and an older brother, Sheldon. Edith raised her family as a single mother, working two jobs, at a hospital and a mental health facility.[4][5][6] As a teenager in Jamaica, his mother ran track and field and played netball.[6]

High school career[edit]

Bennett attended Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School in Brampton. At age 16, he relocated to Beckley, West Virginia to play basketball for Mountain State Academy,[5] and after the school closed a year later, he moved to Henderson, Nevada to play for the basketball preparatory academy Findlay Prep.[3] He was the #1 forward and the #7 player overall in the high school class of 2012 according to ESPNU 100,[7] the #7 player by Scout.com,[8] and the #7 player by Rivals.com.[9]

While initially receiving mutual interest from many teams, Bennett narrowed down his college choices to Oregon and UNLV. He committed to UNLV under head coach Dave Rice on May 12, 2012.

College career[edit]

During the 2012–13 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball season, Bennett played 35 games. While mostly starting at power forward, he would occasionally play small forward as well. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game despite only averaging 27.1 minutes a game. He shot 53.3% from the field overall and 37.5% from three-point range. He was extremely efficient in college, averaging a PER of 28.3.[10] Halfway through the season, Bennett was plagued with a shoulder injury. His minutes were cut to allow him to rest and he even came off the bench in a few games. After making it to the NCAA tournament, UNLV lost in the second round to California.

In April 2013, Bennett declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[11] In May 2013, he underwent shoulder surgery.[12]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13UNLV353227.1.533.375.7018.11.0.71.216.1
Career353227.1.533.375.7018.11.0.71.216.1

Professional career[edit]

2013 NBA Draft[edit]

Bennett was one of ten players invited to the green room for the 2013 NBA draft, meaning he was expected to be selected as a top lottery pick. He was picked number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall in the NBA.[13] His selection was met with skepticism by analysts after very few people thought he would be selected with the first pick, and was compared to Larry Johnson, a former UNLV great and number one overall pick in the 1991 NBA draft.[14]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2013–2014)[edit]

On August 20, 2013, Bennett signed his rookie scale contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[15] He started his rookie season in very poor form and was ranked by some as one of the worst first overall picks in recent memory.[16]

On January 28, 2014, Bennett scored a then career high 15 points, along with 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block, in an 89–100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[17] It was the first double-figure scoring game in his NBA career, coming after 33 games—three times as long as any previous No. 1 overall pick. Almost two-thirds of all previous top picks scored in double digits in their first game.[18] On February 11, 2014, Bennett recorded his first double-double with a then career high 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 109–99 win over the Sacramento Kings.[19] In 2013–14, he played 52 games while averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.[20]

In July 2014, Bennett joined the Cavaliers for the 2014 NBA Summer League where he averaged 13.3 points in four games.[21]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–present)[edit]

On August 23, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Bennett and teammate Andrew Wiggins were traded to the Timberwolves, along with Thaddeus Young, then of the 76ers. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the 76ers received Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.[22]

On October 19, 2014, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Bennett's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[23] On November 21, 2014, he scored a career high 20 in the 92-121 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[24]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14Cleveland52012.8.356.245.6383.0.3.4.24.2
Career52012.8.356.245.6383.0.3.4.24.2

International career[edit]

Bennett participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, helping Canada win a bronze medal in each tournament.[6] In the 2010 tournament, he was a teammate of Andrew Wiggins, the number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and his current teammate on the Timberwolves.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenberg, Chris (June 27, 2013). "Anthony Bennett Goes No. 1 In 2013 NBA Draft To Cleveland Cavaliers". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Doug (June 28, 2013). "Anthony Bennett: Canadian star's character helped get him drafted No. 1". TheStar.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Anthony Bennett welcomed by Cavaliers". CBC.ca. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Bennett Bio". unlvrebels.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Sherman, Mitch (March 27, 2012). "Anthony Bennett owes a lot to mom". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett leads the Canadian invasion". SBNation.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 ESPN Basketball Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "SCOUT.COM COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RECRUITING PROSPECTS". Scout.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ranking Index". Yahoo.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Anthony Bennett Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ UNLV's Anthony Bennett Officially Declares for the 2013 NBA Draft
  12. ^ Cavaliers’ Anthony Bennett has surgery to improve sleep condition
  13. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers take Anthony Bennett with No. 1 overall pick in 2013 NBA draft". Yahoo.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Anthony Bennett hoping to make history at NBA draft". WashingtonPost.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ Cavaliers Sign 2013 Draft Picks to Contracts
  16. ^ Ford: Anthony Bennett Looking Like Worst No. 1 Overall Pick In 20 Years
  17. ^ Notebook: Pelicans 100, Cavaliers 89
  18. ^ Feldman, Dan (January 29, 2014). "Anthony Bennett took a really long time to score double-digits". NBCSports.com. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Notebook: Cavaliers 109, Kings 99
  20. ^ Anthony Bennett NBA & ABA Stats
  21. ^ 2014 Summer League Player Profile – Anthony Bennett
  22. ^ "Timberwolves Acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Timberwolves Exercise Team Options on Bennett, Dieng and Muhammad". NBA.com. October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Parker's 28 helps Spurs carve up Wolves 121-92". NBA.com. November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Andrew Wiggins | Canada Basketball". Basketball.ca. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 

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