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07:25 AM ET 12.31 | These are strange days for Anthony Bennett. He has always been the star of the team. Getting stern criticism from the national media, as well as many outlets in Cleveland, was all new. ... When he didn't live up to expectations of being the No. 1 pick, he got down on himself. "I put a lot of pressure on myself," he said. "I have to relieve that." He's taking baby steps in a league that isn't very forgiving. He closed out the game on Saturday in Boston, which gave his confidence a boost. He had five points and five rebounds against the Celtics. [Mike Brown] said when Bennett catches a pass, he's too anxious. "He has to be composed when he has the basketball," he said. "If he does that, he'll make some huge strides." That's a contrast to what his college coaches told him. "In college, I was taught to just go."

The News-Herald

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December 31, 2013  07:53 AM ET

stats don't lie...this guy sucks! At least right now.

December 31, 2013  07:56 AM ET

I can not spell BUST big enough for this guy.....

December 31, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

stats don't lie...this guy sucks! At least right now.

Key words, right now. Not every number 1 pick immediately becomes a star.

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December 31, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Key words, right now. Not every number 1 pick immediately becomes a star.

and most don't stink up the joint like he has either.

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December 31, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ok nevermind...I just looked up those stats and Kwame stunk as bad as Bennett has......That said.... as a young budding NBA player, you never want to be compared to Kwame Brown

At least Kwame played. This guy doesn't even get to touch the floor in certain nights. You shouldn't be babying a #1 pick and teach him baby steps...

December 31, 2013  08:54 AM ET

In Over Your Head, Bro?

December 31, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Key words, right now. Not every number 1 pick immediately becomes a star.

I actually agree with you-
he was coming off an injury,
he has a bad coach (who can't spell offense)
the idiot gm took on 3 forwards who play the same position
and they have 2 ball hogs in the back-court who don't want to pass

its not all bennetts fault

that being said- he needs to show more
1/3 of the season is already done

December 31, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

At least Kwame played. This guy doesn't even get to touch the floor in certain nights. You shouldn't be babying a #1 pick and teach him baby steps...

Some guys just aren't ready as quickly as others. BBB will be fine eventually. They just need to keep developing him and he will get there. I think he will have a good career.

I'm thinking BBB will get even more playing time with the eviction of Bynum from the roster. This kid will eventually get his first triple double later this year.

BBB = Big Boned Bennet *flips quarter to Mecca*

December 31, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Some guys just aren't ready as quickly as others. BBB will be fine eventually. They just need to keep developing him and he will get there. I think he will have a good career.I'm thinking BBB will get even more playing time with the eviction of Bynum from the roster. This kid will eventually get his first triple double later this year.BBB = Big Boned Bennet *flips quarter to Mecca*

I agree with you 1000%

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December 31, 2013  09:41 AM ET

This kid literally has nowhere to go but up. When you start your career in the lower level parking garage - 2.4ppg - 2 rebs - 27%fg -

Maybe more minutes will be the answer..........but also who he is out there with during those minutes. I mean, he needs to learn how to play better, not every #1 pick can just pick up a ball and be good

December 31, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This kid literally has nowhere to go but up. When you start your career in the lower level parking garage - 2.4ppg - 2 rebs - 27%fg - Maybe more minutes will be the answer..........but also who he is out there with during those minutes. I mean, he needs to learn how to play better, not every #1 pick can just pick up a ball and be good

You don't pick a player that is going to be a project at #1 unless they are centers. Look at Kwame Brown, Greg Oden, Michael Michael Olowokandi, Dwight Howard, Andrea Bargnani, and Andrew Bogut....

Forwards and guards picked at #1 overall are usually ready to play from the get go. This kid is a B U S T, BUST.

December 31, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Some guys just aren't ready as quickly as others. BBB will be fine eventually. They just need to keep developing him and he will get there. I think he will have a good career.I'm thinking BBB will get even more playing time.....

BBB
Big Bust Bennet

December 31, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

You don't pick a player that is going to be a project at #1 unless they are centers. Look at Kwame Brown, Greg Oden, Michael Michael Olowokandi, Dwight Howard, Andrea Bargnani, and Andrew Bogut....Forwards and guards picked at #1 overall are usually ready to play from the get go. This kid is a B U S T, BUST.

the draft was devoid of a LEGIT #1 pick

they had no real choice

December 31, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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the draft was devoid of a LEGIT #1 pickthey had no real choice

I think Oladipo would have been a better choice,,,,,,he could play SG and lock down PG's giving Kyrie fits.......

Not hindsight, thought they were going to draft him

Also, could play PG if coming off bench to rest Kyrie

December 31, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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I think Oladipo would have been a better choice,,,,,,he could play SG and lock down PG's giving Kyrie fits....... Not hindsight, thought they were going to draft him Also, could play PG if coming off bench to rest Kyrie

Yes!

Burn your #1 pick on a player who [lays the same position as your best player.

Sounds like a winning strategy to me! ;-)

December 31, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Good morning all...

 
December 31, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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I think Oladipo would have been a better choice,,,,,,he could play SG and lock down PG's giving Kyrie fits....... Not hindsight, thought they were going to draft him Also, could play PG if coming off bench to rest Kyrie

I don't think that would've been a good fit-
that would've been THREE little guards
and VO is going to have value in the league as a pg,
not as a sg- granted he can defend, but he can't cover big dudes
that play the sg......
he's kind of like avery bradley
you need a bigger off-guard to compliment him

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