The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Sacramento Kings last night and they won their third straight game. And while the Cavaliers got several outstanding performances from Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and others, the star of the night was Anthony Bennett. Yes, that Anthony Bennett. The same Anthony Bennett who was not too long ago well on his way to having a Kwame Brown-esque rookie season and had fans clamoring for him to be sent down the Cavaliers’ D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge. From Right Down Euclid contributor Hiroki Witt’s piece on last night’s game:
I am so happy to type that Anthony Bennett is my Wine & Gold MVP. The UNLV rookie finished with 19 points and 10 boards, recording his first career double-double, scoring a career high in points, and even playing tough defense against a strong Sacramento interior. He was also instrumental in providing a strong punch from the second unit. Although he had a rough night at the free-throw line, he was also extremely efficient from the field, making 6 – 9 shots, and all three of his three-point attempts. This is especially exciting considering how poorly Bennett’s has been shooting all season; it really looks as though he has weathered the storm, and is really coming into his own as a player.
Bennett also was mentioned in a column from Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports that also reveled that the final straw for Andrew Bynum in Cleveland was that in his last practice, he shot the ball every time he touched the ball. (SPOILER: COLLEGE KIDS LIKE TO EAT PIZZA.)
Bennett’s penchant for late-night pizza runs at UNLV, one of the factors contributing to his weight issues, were well known with other teams who had closely researched him. If Cleveland hadn’t selected Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick, there was a strong chance that he would’ve dropped to the back end of the top 10 – or even further.
If you missed the game, you can check out the full highlights below. Besides the full game highlights, you can view every one of Bennett’s plays and a crazy shot that somehow went down from Dion Waiters.