Anthony Bennett (basketball)

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Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett by Jeremy Rincon.jpg
No. 15 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 21)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight 259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school Harold M. Brathwaite
(Brampton, Ontario)
Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
College UNLV (2012–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards

Anthony Harris Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. He played college basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian and first freshman from UNLV to be drafted number one overall.[1]

Early life

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bennett was raised in the city's Jane and Finch neighbourhood.[2] At age ten, he moved to nearby Brampton, Ontario.[3] He is the son of Edith Bennett, a nurse who is originally from Jamaica, and Delroy Harris. Bennett has an older sister, Danielle, and an older brother, Sheldon. Edith Bennett raised her family as a single mother, working two jobs, at a hospital and a mental health facility.[4][5][6] As a teenager in Jamaica, his mother ran track and field and played netball.[6]

High school career

Bennett attended Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School in Brampton. At age 16, he relocated to Beckley, West Virginia to play basketball for Mountain State Academy,[5] and after the school closed a year later, he moved to Henderson, Nevada to play for the basketball preparatory academy Findlay Prep.[3] He was the #1 forward and the #7 player overall in the high school class of 2012 according to ESPNU 100,[7] the #7 player by,[8] and the overall #12 player by[9]

College recruitment

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Bennett
Brampton, Ontario Findlay Prep 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg) May 12, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (PF); 12 (school)   Rivals: 1 (PF); 7 (national); 30 (school)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


While initially receiving mutual interest from many teams, Bennett narrowed down his college choices to the University of Oregon and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He committed to UNLV under head coach Dave Rice on May 12, 2012.

College career

During the 2012–13 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball season, Bennett played 35 games, mostly starting at the power forward position, he would occasionally play at the small forward position. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game despite only averaging 27.1 minutes a game. He shot 53.3% from the field overall and 37.5% from 3-point range. He was extremely efficient in college, averaging a PER of 28.3.[10] Halfway through the season, Bennett was plagued with a shoulder injury. His minutes were cut to allow him to rest and he even did not start a few games. After making it to the NCAA tournament, UNLV lost in the second round to UC Berkeley. After the end of the season Bennett declared himself for the NBA draft after being convinced to do so by teammates. During the off-season, he underwent shoulder surgery.

College statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
2012–13 UNLV 35 31 27.1 .533 .375 .701 8.1 1.0 0.7 1.2 16.1
Career 35 31 27.1 .533 .375 .701 8.1 1.0 0.7 1.2 16.1

NBA career

2013 NBA Draft

Bennett was one of ten players invited to the green room for the 2013 NBA Draft, meaning he was expected to be selected as a top lottery pick. He was picked number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers making him the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall in the NBA.[11] His selection was met with great surprise by analysts since very few people thought he would be selected as the first pick in the draft. He has been compared to Larry Johnson, a former UNLV great and number one overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.[12]

2013–14 season

Bennett started his rookie season in very poor form, having being ranked as one of the worst first overall picks in recent memory.[13]

On January 28, 2014, Bennett scored a then career high 15 points, along with 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block, in an 89–100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[14] It was the first double-figure scoring game in his NBA career, coming after 33 games—three times as long as any previous No. 1 overall pick. Almost two-thirds of all previous top picks scored in double digits in their first game.[15] On February 11, 2014, Bennett recorded his first double-double with a career high 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 109–99 win over the Sacramento Kings.[16] In 52 games, he averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.[17]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2013–14 Cleveland 52 0 12.8 .356 .245 .638 3.0 0.3 0.4 0.2 4.2
Career 52 0 12.8 .356 .245 .638 3.0 0.3 0.4 0.2 4.2

International career

Bennett participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, helping Canada win a bronze medal in each tournament.[6] In the 2010 tournament, he was a teammate of Andrew Wiggins, the top rated prospect for the 2014 NBA Draft.[18]

Awards and honors


  • Naismith Player of the Year Finalist
  • NCAA Freshman of the Year Finalist
  • Mountain West Freshman of the Year
  • All-Mountain West First Team
  • All-NCAA First Team
  • Mountain West Player of the Year Finalist


See also


  1. ^ Greenberg, Chris (June 27, 2013). "Anthony Bennett Goes No. 1 In 2013 NBA Draft To Cleveland Cavaliers". Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Bennett: Canadian star's character helped get him drafted No. 1". Toronto Star. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Anthony Bennett welcomed by Cavaliers". 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Bennett." Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Sherman, Mitch. "Anthony Bennett owes a lot to mom.", March 27, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett leads the Canadian invasion". 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  7. ^ "2012 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings - ESPNU 100". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ " College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "The Rivals150 2012 Prospect Rankings". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Anthony Bennett College Stats". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers take Anthony Bennett with No. 1 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft". Yahoo. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Anthony Bennett hoping to make history at NBA draft". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ford: Anthony Bennett Looking Like Worst No. 1 Overall Pick In 20 Years
  14. ^ Notebook: Pelicans 100, Cavaliers 89
  15. ^ Feldman, Dan (January 29, 2014). "Anthony Bennett took a really long time to score double-digits". Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Notebook: Cavaliers 109, Kings 99
  17. ^ Anthony Bennett NBA & ABA Stats
  18. ^ "Andrew Wiggins". Canada Basketball. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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