The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft last June, but the forward out of UNLV has struggled mightily early on.

The top pick has been held scoreless through his first four career games. Bennett is 0-15 from the floor and 0-8 from beyond the arc.

It’s been a rough start for Bennett, but give the big fella some time — it’s only been four games.

Bennett was drafted first overall because of his ability to score the basketball. He’s got an unbelievable combination of size and skill. At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Bennett can play on the block and the perimeter. Not many 20-year-olds at that size have the touch or skill set of Bennett, which makes him a unique matchup in the NBA.

The pressure is intense for top picks, and Bennett hasn’t handled his nerves well up to this point. Once he calms down a bit and let’s the game come to him instead of forcing the action, he’ll find his scoring touch again and make his mark on this Cavaliers team.

If Bennett can start knocking down his jumper, the Kyrie Irving/Bennett pick-and-roll combination could be deadly.

Defending Kyrie off a ball screen is difficult enough, but it’s twice as difficult when the defense has to count for the screener as well. Bennett is big enough to roll off the screen or set back and hit the jumper, and trying to defend both options is nearly impossible.

Bennett has gotten off to a rocky start, but look for him to regroup soon and have a solid rookie season.

This guy has too much talent to end up being a bust.

[Standing O Sports]


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