If he were two inches taller, Anthony Bennett would be in the running for the top selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. As it is, he’s very likely to be drafted in the top ten, if not the top five. The power forward out of UNLV has it all in his game — from athletic power to the finesse of an outside jumper — but he lacks what the NBA covets most: Size. How does that negatively impact his scouting report? We answer that question and more below.
Best Case Comparison: Larry Johnson
Worst Case Comparison: Lou Roe
- Spectacular athlete
- Long, strong and a good leaper
- Range on his jumper
- Good hands; strong rebounder
- Consistent motor
- Very undersized height-wise for his position
- Lacks fundamentals around the basket
- Not a good passer at this point of his career
- Will his range go to the NBA three-point line?
- Lacks natural instincts on defense
Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: None
Age on draft night: 20 (born March 14th, 1993)
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Barefoot Height: 6-foot-6
NBA Height: 6-foot-7
Teams most likely to draft him: Bobcats, Suns, Pelicans
Best Fit? A team with big, strong centers who could camauflage his lack of height.
Sleeper or Bust? Undersized power forwards always have a high bust possibility. Anthony Bennett is no different. Everything about him looks great on paper — other than his height. Unfortunately, the basketball landscape is littered with players who could have made it big if they were an inch or two taller. Bennett may overcome the odds and become a hybrid of David West and Charles Barkley — but there’s definitely risk involved if selected in the lottery.