They leaned against a padded wall in the back of the gym at Baruch College on Thursday morning, the maligned No. 1 pick and the even more maligned executive who drafted him. Some days it's difficult to discern who is under more pressure, Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett or general manager Chris Grant, the man who badly needs Bennett to deliver.

It has been seven months since Grant surprised everyone by selecting Bennett first overall in the 2013 draft, and the results haven't been pretty. The 20-year-old is averaging 2.8 points and has the worst Player Efficiency Rating (2.35) among 334 players in the league. He has racked up 12 DNP-CDs. He has made a minimal impact with the exception of a 15-point, eight-rebound effort against New Orleans on Tuesday. In a forgettable 23-minute stint against the Knicks on Thursday, Bennett committed three fouls in his first six minutes, which included two truly defenseless possessions where J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony blew right past him.

With a hole at center, Grant passed on Maryland's Alex Len and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel to take Bennett, and this is what he has to show: a player without a position, a dynamic college offensive talent who is losing confidence by the day. Scouts who have watched the Cavaliers regularly say Bennett looks lost on offense, often thinking when he should be reacting, a shadow of the player who tormented the Mountain West Conference at UNLV. Bennett missed the first 16 shots of his NBA career and even Cavaliers coach Mike Brown admits his lack of offensive rhythm has rattled him.

"My thing with him is, 'I don't care if you make a single shot,' " Brown said. "Just keep playing."

But he can't play, for no other reason than Brown has shown little interest in playing him. A torn labrum kept Bennett out of most offseason activities and caused him to be, Bennett estimates, 13-15 pounds overweight in training camp. With a mandate to make the playoffs, Brown has been unwilling to let Bennett play himself into shape.