Too soon to tell, but for a #1 he's been shit and does not show improvement.
no he's improved a lot since the preseason.
His passing and D have improved, he's starting to get when and when not to help and not fouling nearly as much. He got a lot more burn +touches in the preseason. He's in much better shape now but still not where he needs to be.
With Bennett its just going to be a matter of getting comfortable out there. He's being forced to devote all his attention and energy on the defensive end for the first time in his career. I think it will be a while before he starts easing in to his role.
Why did he get a DNP on Saturday? Does Mike Brown seriously trust him less than Sergey Krasev and Alonzo Gee at this point?
Because Mike Brown is just throwing rotations together on the whim. On the ride to Washington he straight up told Earl Clark that he would be playing PF in stretches of the Washington game. They went on a few things on the ride to Washington and Earl Clark in fact played some power forward. After the game he said in so many words "I was a chicken with my head cut off, I wasn't sure where I needed to be."
Personally, I think it was a mistake for the Cavaliers to pick him. I don't see how he's part of the future starting lineup if Thompson turns out and we keep him long-term.
I didn't mind the pick at the time and i still don't mind the pick. I wanted Nerlens but i think Bennett can be a very good player in the league. He just needs to get his confidence and conditioning back up and he'll be fine.
Problem is its not going to be easy to gain confidence when you are playing 10 minutes a game and touching the ball two or three times.
Thompson did turn out; he's a legit starting PF with a lot of room to grow. He was also declared a bust.