When the Cavaliers were debating between Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams two years ago, one of the questions regarding Williams was where to play him. He is either an undersized power forward or a small forward who struggles to defend the position. Two years later, Williams still doesn’t have a role in the NBA. Now the Cavaliers are faced with another tweener in University of Nevada, Las Vegas forward Anthony Bennett, who will visit Cleveland Clinic Courts today. Of the candidates the Cavs are considering with the top pick in the June 27 draft, Bennett is believed to be the first to visit. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len will arrive later this week. Bennett is only 6-foot-7, but compensates for it with a wingspan that has measured at 7-1. He is tremendously athletic and has the potential to be an explosive scorer in the NBA, drawing comparisons to Elton Brand and Larry Johnson. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds during his freshman season with the Rebels and comes from the same hometown as the Cavs’ Tristan Thompson, creating an intriguing dilemma if Bennett is the choice. Thompson and Bennett essentially play the same position, although Thompson also played center during his rookie year. Thompson flourished during his second year in the league, leaving Bennett to come off the bench should the Cavs select him. In fact, the only candidate under consideration for the top pick who would have a clear path to a starting job is Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. Most everyone else would be a bench player, at least to start the season. Bennett did not attend the predraft workouts last month in Chicago because he was recuperating from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He will not work out for the Cavs today because he is still recuperating, but it will at least provide the team the opportunity to speak with him, since they didn’t get the chance in Chicago.
Cavs prepare for visit with UNLV’s Anthony Bennett
Akron Beacon Journal | Jun 17