"O Canada! our home and native land!
True patriot love and ALL OF ANTHONY BENNETT'S RIM-RATTLING SLAMS."
Bennett, the 2014 No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers, underwhelmed in his first three NBA seasons. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 128 games with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Raptors. He bounced around between the Raptors and their D-League affiliate, Raptors 905, in 2015-16, and is currently a free agent.
While Bennett's agent tries to sell his client to an NBA roster, the Toronto native is traveling the world with Team Canada, as the nation attempts to qualify for the Olympics. On Sunday, in an exhibition against Italy, Bennett reminded the basketball world of the power and athleticism that made him such a prized prospect while at high school power Findlay Prep and UNLV. Italian defender Marco Cusin gets posterized and commits a foul.
Bennett is only 23 years old. Before we put Bennett out to pasture, let's bear in mind that he has has time to improve. Dunks like this show Bennett still has potential. Maybe if he can find the right NBA fit, he may have an NBA role in his future.
Canada won the game, 74-71 in overtime, and the Bucks' Tyler Ennis had 11 points and eight assists. From July 5-10, Canada will be in the Philippines for their section of the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada will have to fend off Turkey, Senegal, France, New Zealand and the Philippines.
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