Mar 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; UNLV Rebels forward Anthony Bennett (15) looks to pass the ball against California Golden Bears guard Justin Cobbs (1) during the second half of the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. The California Golden Bears defeated the UNLV Rebels 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Bennett: Draft Profile


Anthony Bennett (power forward/small forward)

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 239 lbs

Wingspan: 7’1”

Max Vertical Leap: Injured and recovering from surgery at the time of the draft combine

NBA Comparison:

Weirdly enough he sounds like a poor man’s Carmelo Anthony. Both players tend to have a slight ball-hog label, are basically the same size, can handle the ball, score well from all around the court and don’t have amazing post moves. Anthony can shoot significantly better from the perimeter however. Because Bennett is so young at only 20 his potential for growth is great, since he is already so good, just needs to work on the defensive side of the ball and go see Hakeem Olajuwon for some post moves.

Strengths:

  • Exceptionally versatile on offense, especially for his age
  • DraftExpress.com says, “Tenacious finishing ability”
  • Strong ball-handler for his size
  • Not turnover prone

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to acquire some back-to-the-basket (post) moves
  • Badly needs to work on all facets of his defense
  • Needs to work on conditioning
  • Needs to bring up his assist rate and avoid any ball-hog label at the pro level

How he fits with the Suns:

DraftExpress has Bennett going seventh overall and with Phoenix holding the number five pick and with some more pressing needs, the Suns will probably pass on Bennett and look for someone else like Oladipo or Burke. However, unlike a lot of players in this draft, he would be close to what the Suns are looking for. Phoenix needs to get the roster younger and they are already young at the power forward position with Markieff Morris as the main one after you get rid of Scola to jumpstart the young movement. He’s a great “consolation prize”, if there is such a thing at number five in the draft, but not the exact thing the Suns should be looking for on Tuesday.

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