Does Raptors Waiving Anthony Bennett Make Him Worst Overall No. 1 … Ever?
Today's quiz: Who has been a bigger overall No. 1 draft bust than Anthony Bennett? As a Warriors fan of course my answer is Joe Barry Carroll, without question (1980). Cursing that name is in our DNA, even if we weren't there to experience it.
But your answer may vary. For many on Twitter today, it's this guy:
The Toronto Raptors are waiving forward Anthony Bennett to sign veteran Jason Thompson for the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 29, 2016
Bennett of course was the first overall pick in the 2013 Draft by the Cavaliers -- and proceeded immediately to be mediocre. He didn't score in double figures until his 34th game -- the longest stretch for a No. 1 overall since the invention of the Draft. He didn't start a single game, the first time that's happened to a No. 1 overall, ever. He then went to Minnesota in a six-player, three-team trade in which Kevin Love landed in Cleveland. The Timberwolves bought out his contract at the end of the season, and he was signed to a one-year deal by the Raptors.
But Bennett spent more time in D-League than he did in Toronto. To date his career NBA averages are 4.24 ppg, 3.07 rpg. SB Nation:
To find another player waived within two years of getting picked No. 1 overall, we'd have to go all the way back to 1965, when the Knicks dropped 1963 No. 1 overall pick Art Heyman. Suffice it to say, NBA was a much, much different place in 1963.
Wow, Anthony Bennett cut AGAIN. Unless something changes, has to be biggest bust in NBA draft history b/c can't even blame injuries.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) February 29, 2016
The Knicks might want to throw Anthony Bennett a 10-day instead of renewing Jimmer
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) February 29, 2016
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