THE Brooklyn Nets have become the latest team to cut Anthony Bennett, the former No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Bennett played in 23 games for the Nets, his fourth team since being the surprising top pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.
He averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. The 6’8 forward spent one season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before they traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal for Kevin Love.
After a year, Bennett was waived by the Timberwolves and spent a season with the Raptors in his hometown of Toronto.
Bennett is widely considered one of the biggest busts in NBA Draft history, making very little of a mark in the league after being taken with the No. 1 overall pick.
The 2013 NBA Draft featured the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo (15th pick), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (8th pick), C.J. McCollum (10th pick), and Steven Adams (12th pick), all of whom have made a far bigger impact in the league than Bennett.
What makes this move even more devastating for Bennett is the fact that the Brooklyn Nets 8-28 on the season, which is the worst in the NBA. When a team is performing so poorly, and have very little to lose, it’s not a good sign that they’re willing to waive a 23-year-old with, at the very least, moderate potential.
There’s no telling what Bennett’s next step will be, but, one thing’s for sure, his NBA career up until this point has not been a success.