It’s been a tough few seasons for Anthony Bennett, the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but the forward may have just suffered his toughest blow in his professional career yet after he was cut by Fenerbahce, per Bugra Uzar of Eurohoops.net. He had played just seven Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL) games.
The Turkish outfit have replaced him with another former NBA player, 34-year-old Pero Antic, and due to the limited space for non-Turkish players, Bennett ultimately lost his place. However, this does not mean that he has been released from the club entirely, due to the more lenient restrictions on roster requirements in the EuroLeague he will be available for the Final Four tournament.
Anthony Bennett, the former No. 1 overall draft pick out #UNLVmbb, was cut by his Turkish team.
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Over the course of the seven games Bennett played domestically for Fenerbahce, he averaged a sturdy nine points and 6.4 rebounds while playing 23 minutes per game. But crucially these numbers were not enough to secure his place in the BSL roster, as the Turkish club opted for the experienced former Atlanta Hawks big man Antic instead.
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This decision may be partly down to the 6-foot-8 forward’s awful showing in the EuroLeague since his arrival at Fenerbahce. Bennett had little to no impact in the nine games he played, averaging 1.3 points and one rebound while shooting a dismal 26.3-percent from the floor in seven minutes per contest.
Prior to joining Fenerbahce in January, Bennett had spent the majority of his career bouncing from team to team in the NBA, even dropping down to the D-League to get some game time, becoming the first number one pick in history to do so. After being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick back in 2013 he never really settled down with a team, as he played in brief spells for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors before he was eventually waived by the Brooklyn Nets in early January.
During his short tenure in the NBA, Bennett amassed an average of 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 151 games. These numbers have led many to believe that Bennett is the biggest draft bust in league history.
Although, Bennett noted back in July that despite the ‘draft bust’ claims, he still believes in his long-term ability, via Peter Botte of New York Daily News:
“I got picked No. 1 for a reason, so I’m just taking that with pride. Just got to come in here and work every day on my craft,” Bennett said Wednesday at the team’s Brooklyn practice facility. “I wouldn’t say (I want to) prove them wrong. I really pretty much don’t pay attention to it. It’s a process. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon, from what everybody tells me.”