After 33 games, Anthony Bennett finally scores in double figures

by Jan 28, 10:21 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell 100-89 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, and you'll never guess who finished the game with career-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds.

That's right. Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in this year's draft, finally scored in double figures. And it only took him 33 games!

More specifically, Bennett finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and he even hit two of three shots from beyond the arc. Just as a reminder, the UNLV product hasn't hit a three-pointer since Dec. 4 and has never hit two in the same game. So yes, this is kind of a big deal.

Here's a look at how long it took the first overall picks from the last five drafts to score in double figures:

First Overall PickFirst 10-point Game of CareerGame No.
Anthony Bennett (2013)15 pts vs. New Orleans Pelicans33
Anthony Davis (2012)21 pts vs. San Antonio Spurs1
Kyrie Irving (2011)14 pts vs. Detroit Pistons2
John Wall (2010)14 pts vs. Orlando Magic1
Blake Griffin (2009)20 pts vs. Portland Trail Blazers1

The chart above really captures Bennett's struggles perfectly. 

If you're a Cavaliers fan and need some comic relief, go ahead and laugh and this guy who promised to tattoo the box score of Tuesday's game on his face if Bennett scored more than 10 points.

We can't confirm that this is the person who made the promise, but the tattoo would probably look something like this:

Feb 2, 6:51 PM

Roy Hibbert shows support for Anthony Bennett, rookie keeping the faith

by Feb 2, 6:51 PM

It's no secret that Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett is having a really rough go of things to start his NBA career.

While he's not alone as a struggling Canadian player, his situation has gotten so bad that many have suggested a D-League assignment is necessary for him to work his issues out. He'd become the first ever No. 1 pick to be assigned to the D-League, so the Cavaliers are reportedly hesitant to try it.

While Bennett's overall numbers are still terrible, he finally flashed some potential on Jan. 28, when he scored in double digits for the first time as a pro, dropping 15 on the New Orleans Pelicans.

It led someone online to poke fun at Bennett's "success," altering the famous photo of Wilt Chamberlain from his 100-point game. Here's the original, for reference:

[Photo Courtesy: ESPN]

Well, consider Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert as someone who didn't find it funny. Hibbert took to twitter on Sunday to show support for the rookie:

Hibbert certainly speaks from experience. While he was the 17th overall pick and expectations were obviously more tepid, Hibbert struggled mightily as a rookie, averaging just 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while accumulating 7.7 fouls per 36 minutes. Basically, Hibbert was flashing potential but couldn't stay on the floor.

Slowly but surely, Hibbert has added to his offensive game and refined his defense, eventually reaching his current perch as the league's premiere interior defender (and a decent offensive option).

Bennett doesn't have that kind of defensive potential, but Hibbert is proof positive an unimpressive rookie season doesn't portend doom. Bennett's 27.5 percent mark from the floor almost has to improve and he should, eventually, start to "figure things out."

Bennett must agree, as he retweeted this motivational comic that a parody account of rapper Drake tweeted out on Sunday:

Keep on keeping on, Bennett. It can only get better.