As reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets assigned Anthony Bennett to the Long Island Nets. Bennett will be available today for the L.I. Nets’ game against the Grand Rapids Drive.
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Bennett, since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2013, has played for four NBA teams and the Canadian national team. Due to his lack of productivity and inability to adjust to the NBA, he has often been called the biggest bust in NBA history.
Each year since he first stepped foot onto NBA hardwood, Bennett has been trying to revive his career. It appeared he was finally turning a corner this summer when he signed with the Nets. After all, a rebuilding team with no expectations suited someone of Bennett’s caliber, who is still young and trying to develop.
This season, Bennett has played in 10 of the Nets’ 15 games, but has not received significant playing time. However, he is posting the highest production of his career — 5.3 points per game in 10.3 minutes of play. This action Bennett has seen has mainly been garbage minutes late in Brooklyn’s blowout losses.
Nets’ general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have emphasized player development for the season, so this move isn’t too surprising, given Bennett’s lack of playing time. Chris McCullough, who is in his second year with the Nets, has also mainly been playing for the L.I. Nets.
This move brings the already-struggling Nets down to 11 available players, with injuries to Jeremy Lin, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Caris LeVert. It’ll be intriguing to see where Brooklyn goes from here, since the team does not have a substantial amount of depth at the small and power forward positions.