The Cleveland Cavaliers should send the struggling No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett, to the National Basketball Association Development League. And I do not care how he gets there either. A train, plane, or automobile will work just fine, as long as he is on his way to Canton soon.
Before this, I wrote how we need to be patient with Bennett, but now I take it back. I said we have all season before we should start to panic. I no longer believe that, at all. Management needs to try and do something to right the ship before it gets too lost out at sea or it sinks.
To say he has disappointed through his first 11 games is a massive understatement. The rookie, who is only averaging 11 minutes a game, has scored only 22 points and is shooting a horrid 21 percent from the field. He has attempted 15 three-point field goals and connected on only two of them. Ouch.
Mike Brown’s inconsistency with the allocation of minutes toward Bennett has not helped either. He has failed to play the rookie in three games this year. But what Bennett needs is court time. He needs to play. And the best place for the No. 1 pick to get plenty of pressure-less minutes right now is wearing the Canton Charge’s Wine and Gold. The move would turn heads, no doubt, but I believe Bennett would benefit from playing a few games 60 miles south of Quicken Loans Arena.
There is negative connotation that surrounds the NBDL, but imagine this scenario:
Bennett goes down for three or four games. In these games, he is able to log 30-40 minutes of competitive basketball per night. Like most NBA players who spend time in the D-League, he will dominate these few games. And like when Luke Harangody would be sent down, Bennett will probably average near 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Although it will be against lesser competition, the feeling of dominating again will be good for the young player’s confidence. The size of the basketball or the size of the rim does not change in the NBDL, so just seeing the ball go through the net will help his confidence. He is not getting better by being buried at the end of the Cavalier’s bench, so send him a little south and let him play.
The move will probably draw criticism from analysts and fellow bloggers, but Chris Grant must take action, and sending Bennett to the NBDL is the best way for him to get experience and break this near-month long slump. So please, Chris Grant, do something to steer this vessel in the right direction. Make sure Anthony Bennett is seeing the necessary minutes to improve in some capacity.