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Anthony Bennett scores 14 fourth quarter points in Cavaliers’ preseason win over Magic (VIDEO)

Oct 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

When the Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, the move came as a bit of a surprise. 

Truth be told, there was no obvious, clear-cut choice to be made, but Bennett was recovering from shoulder surgery, so teams didn’t get a chance to see him during the combine or in pre-draft workouts.

Cleveland took a chance, and while it’ll be a long time before we know if it ultimately pays off, Bennett showed flashes of what the Cavaliers saw in him during the team’s preseason win over the Magic.

Bennett scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and while he said he was struggling to get himself into NBA shape, there was certainly no sign of fatigue in this one, as he dropped in six of seven shots playing all but 20 seconds of the final period.

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I believe rookie Raptors PG Dwight Buckys scored all of his 10 points last night in the fourth quarter. Augustine is going to be sitting a lot with the Raptors in 13-14.

    Why mention the undrafted Buckys? He is better than Bennett as the NBA media will learn over time.

    • doubledown44 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Maybe you will even learn how to spell his name correctly (Buycks).

  2. csbanter - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Cavs should make the playoffs this year, Bennett being #1 overall will have plenty of the focus on him. Lebron will be watching from afar as he ponders his NBA future.

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      LeBron is staying in Miami. But you’re correct about the Cavs making the playoffs, they absolutely should.

    • ljl2 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Bennett won’t have too much focus on him. They have stated he will be brought along slowly. Doubt he gets 20mpg without injuries decimating the front court.

  3. daddyghi - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    the media can say whatever they want to say about bennett… but this is still uncle drew’s team and the ball will still go through him…

  4. zzztknk - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Bennett is a monster pickup for the Cavs. Bennett got Larry Johnson written all over him. The Cavs get Irving, Waiters, now Bennett. Somebody in that front office knows how to draft talent.

  5. zzztknk - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    The Magic got some good young players too. This should be an exciting season for the NBA!

  6. jpstyles314 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    He got the points while he looked like he was literally going to die on the court. I want to see if he gets into condition by his second season (maybe this season).

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