In case you’re curious what Anthony Bennett is up to, he just baptized a dude in an international game. pic.twitter.com/96qImoc6hV
— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) June 26, 2016
We haven’t heard much from former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett lately. After the Cavs sent him to Minnesota – along with fellow Canadian Andrew Wiggins – as part of the Kevin Love deal in the summer of 2014, he’s faded into relative obscurity, eventually getting released from the Timberwolves and subsequently spending last season playing sparingly for the Toronto Raptors and bouncing back and forth between their D-League affiliate.
But Bennett has been something of a mainstay with the Canadian National team as they are still vying for a chance to compete in the Rio Olympics later this summer. In a friendly international exhibition game over the weekend, Bennett showed a brief glimpse of that elusive potential that he’s yet to live up to thus far. Early in the third quarter, he took a nice little pocket pass from Tyler Ennis in the lane and exploded to the rim for the filthy poster dunk over Italy’s Marco Cusin, plus the foul.
That’s just the type of aggressive play he needs to show on a consistent basis if he wants to not only find his way back into the league next season but avoid that dubious distinction of being one of the worst draft busts of all time.