Cavs' Anthony Bennett off to worst start ever for No. 1 overall pick

Four games in, Cavs' Anthony Bennett off to worst start ever for No. 1 overall pick

11/5/13 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Cavs' Anthony Bennett off to worst start ever for No. 1 overall pickThe Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a pretty decent start this NBA season, with a 2-2 record and the fifth-best defense in the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, on the other hand, is off to an absolutely nightmarish start. The young man has gone 0-for-15 from the field in his first four games, officially marking the worst start ever for a No. 1 overall pick.

In Bennett's defense, he has hit two free throws. Through four games, he has attempted four free throws (all in a first-game win over the Nets) and hit two for a comparatively gaudy 50% free throw percentage.

But Anthony Bennett has not scored a field goal through four games. That's an 0-for-15 stat line, including 0-for-8 from the three-point area and a missed dunk. According to ESPN, "his two points on free throws are the fewest points for a No. 1 pick through four games in the common draft era (since 1966)."

Blog Photo - Cavs' Anthony Bennett off to worst start ever for No. 1 overall pickFive other players since 1985 have also started their careers without scoring in four consecutive games, according to ESPN. But no No. 1 overall draft pick has ever had this dubious distinction.

"I just feel like there’s a lid on the basket,'' Bennett told the Cleveland Plain Dealer Saturday. "Three games and no shots went in, but I just have to keep working."

That was Saturday. Bennett then played in Monday night's win over Minnesota, and the lid remained on the basket.

"He was the No. 1 pick, so he probably is pressing to a certain degree. It's probably a little bit of that, a little bit of being on the big stage now in the regular season with it counting, Cavs coach Mike Brown told the PD. "There's probably some of where his opponents are looking at him and saying, 'Hey, he's the No. 1 pick, I'm coming at him.' There are a lot of things that could be going on, but I look at it as the good part of this is he's a guy who can grow slowly into his role with us."

Bennett has a chance to end his historic cold streak tonight. The Cavaliers play the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
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11/12/13   |   Kenne   |   15859 respect

I saw a graphic on ESPN stating that Yao Ming previously had the worst start ever with only 10 points in his first 4 games and he went on to be selected to the All Star game year after year, so there might be hope yet for Bennett to develop his shooting game, but it's going to require more competent coaching in Cleveland, which they just don't have. Maybe better luck on another team, if he gets traded, which he most likely will.