Not many expected Anthony Bennett to be the number one overall pick in this past June’s NBA draft. No one would have thought that it would’ve taken Bennett until the fifth game of the season to record his first NBA field goal.

The broad-shouldered Canadian and UNLV product, has good footwork, can put the ball on the floor, has a respectable jump shot, including stretching all the way out to the three-point line and is continuing to learn how to use his strength and athleticism in the low post.

So what gives with the slow start?

To say that it stems from Bennett rushing things and not being fully comfortable on the NBA stage would be accurate but lazy. Even if you haven’t seen this year’s number one overall pick play, you could make this assessment.

But the North of the border import’s problems go beyond this.

Head coach Mike Brown is calling effective plays that are designed to get Bennett open and are being executed well, including by Bennett himself. But the problem is that these sets are exclusively designed to free up Bennett for a jump shot or a three-pointer. With the rookie struggling, Brown needs to let Bennett establish himself, by simply letting him see the ball go through the hoop, instead of clank off the rim.