Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is grinding to make his way back to the NBA.
After stints with Cleveland, Minnesota, Toronto and Brooklyn, the Brampton native spent time overseas before landing in the NBA G League. This season, the 25-year-old is playing with the Agua Caliente Clippers, the G League affiliate of the LA Clippers
Friday night, Bennett erupted for a career-high 36 points in a three-point Agua Caliente win over the Austin Spurs. In 26 minutes of action, the Canadian was 12-for-13 from the field, 8-for-9 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Bennett also grabbed six rebounds, dished out an assist and got one steal in the game.
2013 @NBA Draft No. 1 overall pick @AnthonyBennett dropped a CAREER-HIGH 36 PTS & EIGHT TRIPLES in the @ACClippers win on Friday night 🔥🔥🔥@TheRunninRebels ↗️ @ACClippers pic.twitter.com/MVL5czVww5- NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 1, 2018
Bennett surpassed his previous season high of 23 points, which came in a loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors earlier in the month. In that game, Bennett was 7-for-12 from the field and 3-for-7 from long range.
Through seven games, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in just under 19 minutes per game. After Friday night's performance, he is now shooting above a 50 percent clip from deep.
Selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, Bennett is showing what made him such a special player during his one year at UNLV. The Agua Caliente Clippers are 4-3 in the games in which Bennett suits up and 5-5 overall for the season.
With more performances like Friday night's, Bennett could very well find himself back in the NBA sooner rather than later.