Anthony Bennett, “worst No. 1” in NBA draft history, tries again

Basket He debuted at Happoel Jerusalem alongside Thon Maker and Sean KilpatrickAnthony Bennett, playing for Happoel Jerusalem @JerusalemBasketAntho

Basket He debuted at Happoel Jerusalem alongside Thon Maker and Sean Kilpatrick

Anthony Bennett, playing for Happoel Jerusalem

Anthony Bennett It is considered by many as the but “number 1” never seen. They even call him one of the biggest ‘scams’ that are remembered throughout the history of the Draft of the .

This 28-year-old, 2.03-meter tall Canadian power forward was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 first place just ahead of Victor Oladipo and with many positions ahead of players like Giannis Antetokounmpo or Rudy Gobert.

The pressure and the anticipation generated by an entire No. 1 in the Draft was too much for Bennett, who never made it big in the NBA aside from a meager handful of good individual performances. From 2013 to 2017 he was a team per season in the North American league (Cavs, Timberwolves, Raptors and Nets) playing a total of 151 games and without shining especially in any of those stages with 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Bennett He also tried it in Europe in 2017 from the hand of the Turkish Fenerbahce of Zeljko Obradovic, but he also failed to give the expected performance and finished with a poor 1.2 points and 0.9 rebounds on average in the Euroleague. Numbers that earned him a cut with just 10 career games.

The player tried again to knock on the NBA door and he found a loophole in the Houston Rockets, who decided to give him another chance in the NBA, perhaps one of the last, and included him in their roster for the preseason and training camp. But once again it emerged the curse that haunts this player that he injured his left knee and had to undergo surgery, ruining his chances of reaching the NBA.

Now, after a fleeting passage through the Santurce Crabbers During this last summer, Bennett has one last chance after his signing for the Hapoel from Jerusalem with two other former NBA players such as Thon Maker and Sean Kilpatrick. The Israeli team, which will play in the Champions League, has trusted the Canadian as a star signing for the season. So far, he has responded in the first game with 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist.