With Oklahoma State star guard Marcus Smart dropping out of the 2013 NBA Draft, the crop of elite prospects for the Charlotte Bobcats to snag this year just got lighter. However, on the bright side, Smart no longer being in this year’s draft class makes it much more likely Charlotte won’t be foolish and draft a guard with what figures to be a very high lottery pick.
Anthony Bennett’s Strengths
They could still surprise us, but the odds are good that the Bobcats try to get bigger, stronger and more talented down low. With that line of thinking in place, we’re moving on to yet another big man that could interest the Bobcats come June. UNLV’s Anthony Bennett has been sky-rocketing up draft boards, and could be a serious threat to be a top-five pick if all goes well.
Let’s take a closer look at his strengths and weaknesses and decide whether or not he’s a good fit for the Bobcats:
An offensive dynamo. Has imposing well on the blocks and is extremely efficient inside. Has excellent range on his jumper – extending out to the NBA three. Has really nice athleticism for the NBA 4. Rises over defenders with ease and finishes strong around the rim. Very good ball handler for his position. Smart player who knows angles and can draw fouls and charges with the best of them. Takes care of the ball and is very much a team player. In just one season of college ball he’s displayed a great feel for the game and a ton of upside. There is a lot of untapped potential here.
Anthony Bennett’s Weaknesses
Has had injury issues in the past. Needs to get tougher to last at the next level. He’s a fantastic athlete for the NBA 4, but is under-sized and doesn’t have the quickness to guard the NBA 3. Obviously he’s still inexperienced. Hasn’t shown he’s a great defender yet. Rebounds pretty well but he’ll need to get even better in the NBA.
Should the Bobcats Draft Anthony Bennett?
Maybe. The word on Bennett is efficiency. The guy just flat-out gets it done across the board and is such a versatile weapon on offense. The only problem is he doesn’t have a true position at the moment, and either needs to work on his defense down low or get quicker to play the 3 at the next level. His lack of a true position should see him slip, as will his questionable defense and mild health concerns. I still think he’s a heck of a prospect and probably one of the best freshman in this draft, but he may have too many questions to sneak into the top-five.