Is Anthony Bennett The Best Player In The Draft?

Jan 16, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; UNLV Rebels forward Anthony Bennett (15) goes up for a dunk during the first half as San Diego State Aztecs guard Xavier Thames (2) and forward Deshawn Stephens (23) and forward JJ O

 

The 2013 NBA draft is being considered by many as one of the worst drafts in recent memory. The talent pool is so depleted that the project top prospect is currently healing from a torn ACL injury. While the draft may lack talent depth, there are good players in each and every draft, and it could be argued that Anthony Bennett, power forward from UNLV is the best player in this years draft.

Bennett is what many scouts consider a “Tweener.” He stands at just six foot eight inches but Bennett makes up for his lack size with great hands, great length, and tremendous athleticism.

The Phoenix Suns are currently stocked with power forwards on the roster. In fact as of right now the Suns have four players on the roster (Scola, Morris twins, and Beasley) who can play the power forward position; not to mention Channing Frye who should be back next season, but when it comes to the NBA draft a team has to draft the most talented player on the board.

In terms of NBA comparisons, Anthony Bennett has a lot of Karl Malone in his game. He’s strong, athletic, a very good rebounder, and has a silky smooth jump shot.

Bennett is terrific at running the length of the floor, he can spot up and has range out to the three-point line, he can turn and shoot in the post, and he can be a very effective player in the NBA right away.

Nerlens Noel is the projected to be the top selection in the draft but Noel is coming off an ACL tear, and there’s a chance he may not be able to fully regain that world class athleticism he had prior to the injury. Then there’s the offensive part of his game. While Noel has shown the basketball world that he could become an elite defender at the next level, he doesn’t have a great offensive game. Noel doesn’t really have a mid-range game in his arsenal, he certainly doesn’t have much post moves, and what’s a big man with plenty of athleticism with minimal offensive game? DeAndre Jordan.

Let me clarify, I will have no objections with the Suns taking Noel, none whatsoever but if the Suns want a cornerstone player, they’d take Anthony Bennett. I’ll go on the record to say this, Anthony Bennett is the MOST talented player in this years draft. Power forwards who can shoot the ball, rebound, and possess exceptionally athleticism are a diamond dozen.

Obviously, no one is going to stand on the table and declare unequivocally that Anthony Bennett will become the next Karl Malone but no one can deny that potential is there. After Nerlens Noel, there’s without a doubt that Bennett should be number two prospect on the Suns draft list. 

 

 

Topics: Anthony Bennett, NBA, Nerlens Noel, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns 2013 Draft

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