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NBA Rumors: Anthony Bennett as 2016-17 Shaqtin’ a Fool MVP? Former first overall pick eyes to remove tag as an NBA draft bust

Anthony Bennett will be starting a new journey in the Brooklyn Nets with the goal of removing his tag as an NBA draft bust. Can he now perform like a No. 1 overall pick or will he become the next Shaqtin’ a Fool MVP?

Former first overall pick Anthony Bennett has struggled in his past three seasons in the NBA. Last season, the 23-year-old power forward only played 19 games with the Toronto Raptors. Luckily, he has found a new home in the Brooklyn Nets, who decided to undergo a rebuilding process.

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However, Bennett should work hard in order to earn a roster spot in Brooklyn. The Nets currently have a crowded frontcourt where he is expected to battle for playing time with Brook Lopez, Luis Scola, Trevor Booker, Justin Hamilton, and Chris McCoullough. Bennett admitted that he likes what he sees in the Nets.

“It’s a good vibe all around, not only from the guys but from the trainers, coaching staff, everybody gets along real well. We all have the same goal.” Bennett said on media day.

In their preseason game against the New York Knicks, Anthony Bennett played for 20 minutes and managed to establish an impressive performance. Bennett’s aggressiveness on the offensive end sent him to the free-throw line 14 times and made 11. He also knocked a three-pointer and grabbed five rebounds.

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However, Bennett had a sluggish performance on the defensive end where he occasionally loses his man. Still, the former first overall pick impressed Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and hinted the possibility of including him in their 15-man roster.

“Anthony Bennett is showing some real life as a rotation big, and he’s pushing for minutes. He did a lot of good things. He’s a system fit: He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s long, he can roll to the rim, he can shoot,” said Atkinson.

Anthony Bennett signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Nets. In the nearing 2016-17 NBA season, Bennett has the chance to prove that he is not an NBA draft bust.

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