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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermin View Post
    Was Malone a legit 6'9? Bennet is 6'8 and change from the look of him. I think a taller Grandmama is a good comparison for him. Unfortunately he has had back trouble like LJ so hope that does not become part of his comparison.
    I remember seeing Karl and his wife at a Jamba Juice in SLC back in the glory days. He didn't strike as as a legit 6'9", but if you put him next to other players listed in that range, he fit in. A young Elton Brand might be another comparison for Bennett.

    Here are some Elton Brand highlights from Duke... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hvLO286z9I

    Here's Bennett...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5w2T6yqPRk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermin View Post
    We will have to disagree on where he ranks. I see him as a top 10 potentially top 5 depending on how well he performs in league play. Like you I have seen him play for 3 years both at Findlay and as a season ticket holder. I really like his swagger and his versatility, but do agree he needs to try to be more effective in the post as he tries to do too much on the perimeter at times. I think some of that is rices offense though because at Findlay he did a little more work down low.

    I agree with this. Bennett looks comparable to Derrick Williams and Thomas Robinson, and he can do some things those guys can't with his ball handling and feel for the game. Still, he might be hurt a bit because of the impression that Williams and TRob have made being a bit undersized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
    I don't recall anyone bashing his size, bru ..

    He's a beast down low .. not a sf, at this point .. am I wrong???????

    Anyway, like the guy, he's beasting, he needs to give breadth to his skill set .. is he doing that???
    I was legitimately asking. Was not sure if Malone was 6'9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catchall View Post
    Those highlights were sexy. Looks very little like to DWilliams to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution 9 View Post
    Those highlights were sexy. Looks very little like to DWilliams to me.
    Yeah Derrick Williams is not a good comparison IMO. I hope he does stay in the 12-9 range so we have a shot. Love to see a three man rotation of favors, bennet, and kanter for our future core.

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    I've always viewed Bennett as top 10 material. Really like the guy. If he was a few inches taller, I don't see how he wouldn't be top 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spycam1 View Post
    I've always viewed Bennett as top 10 material. Really like the guy. If he was a few inches taller, I don't see how he wouldn't be top 5.
    If he was a few inches taller he'd have a legit shot to go #1.
    Right now, I think he's between 8 and 15 .. quite a bit more range for him, I believe. Everyone I've spoken to likes him a lot, but all seem fairly cautious of his size/tweenerishnes.
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    Embrace the tweener if you can find the size elsewhere. A perfect big rotation to me is 3-big centric with two PF/Cs, a SF/PF, and a pure center rounding out the group as a 4th big (probably doesn't play a lot of minutes regularly, but can play when called upon [Jeff Withey?]).
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    And if Bennett was taller, he's probably impossible for the Jazz to get anyway.

    In regards to comparisons to Beasley/Williams/Robinson:
    -Beasley was crazy and/or retarded
    -Williams really isn't that impressive an athlete or skill player. His strength was knowing his spots and imposing his will and intellect on the COLLEGE game. His production was enticing, but I always had my questions. He might turn it around but we'll see.
    -I never saw any real skill to Robinson. I still haven't.

    Bennett to me is better than those prospects. I think he plays tougher than Williams and is considerably more athletic, and his size disadvantage as a 4 might make the idea of him playing some 3 more realistic. But I feel that face-up/stretch/perimeter 4s have a greater advantage over power 3s.

    Also, here's this:

    NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Anthony Bennett

    by: Jonathan Givony - President
    January 2, 2013

    Anthony Bennett has established himself as one of the most productive players in college basketball, despite being just a freshman. We analyze his progress with a video and scouting report.

    A total unknown when we first wrote about him nearly three years ago at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York, Anthony Bennett has since blossomed into a McDonald's All-American and now one of the most productive freshmen in college basketball.

    Measuring 6-7 in shoes at the Nike Hoop Summit eight months ago (and at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy), Bennett is somewhat undersized for a power forward, but makes up for that with his 7-1 wingspan, strong 239 pound frame, and excellent athleticism. He's a powerful and explosive leaper with very good quickness and body control for a player his size, making him a difficult matchup for opposing big men at the college level.

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    What makes Bennett unique is how advanced he is offensively for a freshman. He's already one of the most versatile scorers you'll find in the NCAA, as he's capable of scoring inside the paint, making 3-pointers, putting the ball down attacking from the perimeter with either hand, handling the ball on the break, and making his presence felt on the offensive glass.

    Bennett stepped onto a deep and experienced UNLV team that won 26 games last year and immediately established himself as their go-to guy and most aggressive player, which he's proven he's worthy of as he currently ranks as one of the most productive players in the country.

    The first thing that jumps off the page about Bennett is his tenacious finishing ability. His superb combination of length, explosiveness and aggressiveness makes him a threat to tear down the basket at any given moment and allows him to finish plays from impressive distances, sometimes even when elevating from outside the paint. He's converting 74% of his attempts around the basket right now according to Synergy Sports Technology, which ranks amongst the top ten players in college basketball thus far.

    Not very advanced with his back to the basket, Bennett nevertheless shows some craftiness inside the paint, utilizing floaters with soft touch and using the glass on reverse moves. His length allows him to finish with ease without even having to jump very high at times, and helps him use some very unique angles to get his shot off effectively. As he gets older, he'd be wise to continue to improve his rudimentary post game, as he has the tools to be very effective down low with combination of his quickness, strength and touch.

    Knocking down nearly one 3-pointer per game, Bennett has legitimate range on his jump-shot, even if he's been somewhat streaky overall over the course of the season, converting just 32% of his attempts from beyond the arc. With his soft touch and solid shooting mechanics, this likely has more to do with shot-selection than anything, as he tends to fall in love with this part of his game at times. Nevertheless, he has clear-cut potential as a floor-spacer and pick and pop threat, which is very intriguing in today's NBA.

    Also very capable of putting the ball on the floor, Bennett is an excellent ball-handler for his position. He can attack his matchup from the perimeter driving in either direction, sometimes after a shot-fake or a strong crossover. This allows him to draw fouls and get to the free throw line at a superb rate, sixth best among DX Top-100 prospects thus far. Bennett not only draws a lot of fouls, but he also converts very effectively from the free throw line, hitting 75% of his attempts so far.

    Bennett has a lot of freedom in UNLV's offense, as you'll often see him grab a rebound and bring the ball up the court himself, sometimes taking it coast to coast. What's interesting is that he doesn't turn the ball over very often, as he's coughed it up just 19 times in 368 minutes thus far, or just about twice for every 40 minutes of action he sees. With that said, he also doesn't generate many assists (17 on the season), as he looks pretty focused on his own offense once the ball in his hands.

    The place where Bennett has the most room to improve at the moment seems to be on the defensive end. He often looks like he's only going half speed here, jogging the floor lackadaisically, relaxing in his stance whenever he can, and losing his focus easily. He regularly gives up deep post position to opposing big men without putting up much of a fight, and loses track of his matchup relatively frequently off the ball. Like many young players, Bennett's fundamentals are fairly poor on this end of the floor, and his intensity leaves a lot to be desired at times. Maximizing his conditioning-level could help here.

    With that said, Bennett's talent does shine through on this end of the floor as well on occasion, as he's capable of making some very impressive plays with his terrific combination of length, strength, explosiveness and quickness. He can move his feet well, is very difficult to shoot over when he's dialed in, and has solid anticipation skills blocking shots and getting his hands on loose balls.

    With his soft hands, long arms and excellent athleticism, Bennett has proven to be a capable rebounder at times as well, even if he hasn't really done so consistently thus far, ranking just 16th of the 25 power forwards in our Top-100 rankings in this category this season. There's little doubt that he could be even more effective here if he put his mind to it consistently.

    Turning 20 this March, Bennett is a little older than most of players in his freshman class, but still has plenty of room to continue to improve. He made a fairly seamless transition from high school to college, likely due to the fact that he left his home in suburban Toronto at a very young age (to attend Mount State Academy in West Virginia and Findlay Prep in Las Vegas) and gained considerable experience representing Canada at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in 2009 and the U17 FIBA World Championship in 2010.

    NBA teams may be wary of the fact that he's an inch or two smaller than the prototypical power forward, but his long arms, explosive athleticism, and improving skill-level on the perimeter should ease many of their concerns. Power forwards in Bennett's mold are very much en vogue in today's NBA, and as long as he continues to produce for UNLV, he can likely expect to hear his name called fairly early whenever he decides to enter the draft.
    Apologies if someone already beat me to posting this but here it is for reference (I haven't even read it yet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUMBERICA View Post
    And if Bennett was taller, he's probably impossible for the Jazz to get anyway.

    In regards to comparisons to Beasley/Williams/Robinson:
    -Beasley was crazy and/or retarded
    -Williams really isn't that impressive an athlete or skill player. His strength was knowing his spots and imposing his will and intellect on the COLLEGE game. His production was enticing, but I always had my questions. He might turn it around but we'll see.
    -I never saw any real skill to Robinson. I still haven't.

    Bennett to me is better than those prospects. I think he plays tougher than Williams and is considerably more athletic, and his size disadvantage as a 4 might make the idea of him playing some 3 more realistic. But I feel that face-up/stretch/perimeter 4s have a greater advantage over power 3s.
    Good post.
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    My only point in mentioning Derrick Williams and TRob is that both went top 5. Their lack of performance might hurt Bennett's stock as has been mentioned.

    Given how the season is playing out though, where would you guys rank Bennett vis a vis Poythress ?

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    Trying to slog through this thread before it reaches page 400...

    Bennett plays like an undersized Z-Bo IMO. Do you guys really think he has much better handles than Millsap? That's what it'd take for him to make it at the next level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franklin View Post
    Trying to slog through this thread before it reaches page 400...

    Bennett plays like an undersized Z-Bo IMO. Do you guys really think he has much better handles than Millsap? That's what it'd take for him to make it at the next level.
    Looks to have better handles, touch, and skill than Millsap and hes only 18 years old. I like him a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution 9 View Post
    Those highlights were sexy. Looks very little like to DWilliams to me.
    Looks like what Renardo Sidney could have been if he wasn't a complete fat ass and waste of life.
    :^D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartsock View Post
    Looks to have better handles, touch, and skill than Millsap and hes only 18 years old. I like him a lot.
    That cannot be understated in such a comparison.
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