Indeed, it’s possible that, barring substantial and unlikely improvement, we’ve seen the last of Bennett in the NBA. Where did it go wrong? How did Bennett become the answer to the trivia question, “Who is the biggest No. 1 overall bust in NBA history?” “I had Bennett ninth on my board (before the 2013 NBA Draft),” one NBA executive said. “I was shocked the Cavs took him at one. But having said that, I’m even more shocked he’s out of the league. I didn’t think that would ever happen. I said to myself at the time, ‘that’s a bad pick, but he’ll probably be a solid sixth man or fifth starter.’ Not, ‘that’s a bad pick, this dude will be out of the league.’”
It would be great if Bennett could turn this thing around, become a legitimate Euroleague star and get back to the NBA. It’s happened before. But at this stage, it seems that NBA front offices have given up on getting much out of Bennett. And not only will the stigma of the Cavaliers overdrafting him at No. 1 stick, but it’ll also speak volumes to people that he wasn’t able to turn himself into an NBA player, with the biggest lesson being to do your homework on a player’s personality and work ethic. “I had him 10th or 11th (on my board),” one of the above executives said. “It was definitely surprising to most people that he went No. 1, but I talked to a lot of people around the league and felt consensus was fifth to tenth. Typically, that’s still an NBA player. Obviously though, that was wrong.”
The Hawks wanted Osman, a 21-year-old 6-9 wing who is growing into one of the best prospects in Europe. He plays for Anadolu Efes, located in Istanbul, which is 12-2 in the highly-regarded Turkish league. He is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting .563 from the field, .413 from 3-point range.
Thomas Heurtel told SDNA that he may move to the NBA this summer. The French point guard is playing in Turkey with Anadolu Efes Istanbul where he is averaging 12.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest in EuroLeague. “NBA might be an opportunity this summer for me. We see this year Sergio Rodríguez doing well there. We will see”, Heurtel said.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Former No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett has signed with Euroleague power-club Fenerbahce, according to source.