While introducing his shiny, new first-overall draft selection in UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant was adamant that the bruising and barrel-chested big man would be a power forward, a position known more for playing in the post than along the perimeter. Though the team had a glaring hole at the small forward spot, as they have had since 2010 when then two-time MVP LeBron James left via free agency, the 6-foot-8-inch, 260-pound Bennett was going to provide a compliment to fellow Brampton, Ontario native Tristan Thompson. “You put him in a pick-and-roll with Dion [Waiters] or Kyrie [Irving], he’s going to be pretty difficult to guard because he can shoot the ball and is athletic and can handle the ball and get to the rim,” said Grant. Sugar plums danced as the highlight reel of Bennett running the floor and throwing down massive dunks rolled next to the stage.
The plan was to bring Bennett along slowly, to let him fit into a role and grow as a basketball player. Exactly five months later, still not having much in the way of a small forward with which to work on nightly basis, Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown is calling an audible on his general manager’s initial play-calling. [Read more...]