Former No. 1 overall pick and Canadian national team member Anthony Bennett may have seen his days in the NBA already come to an end, but that hasn’t prevented him for continuing to chase his basketball dreams. On Wednesday, he signed with another new organization overseas.
According to Marc Stein, Bennett has agreed to a deal with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C of the the Israeli Basketball Premier League, the highest professional basketball league in Israel. The signing comes just a few months after he joined Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional in May.
Bennett, 28, last played organized professional basketball in the NBA’s G-League with the Agua Caliente Clippers in 2019. He played in 25 games for the Clippers affiliate, averaging 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting an impressive 44.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Although he’s still seen time on the Canadian national team roster, this chance in Israel will be Bennett’s latest opportunity to prolong his career in professional basketball.
Some international basketball news from earlier: Former No. 1 overall pick and Canadian national-teamer Anthony Bennett signed with Hapoel @JerusalemBasket.
More NBA from me: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP
(PS — I’m sure by now that, yes, the club knows it erred on the spelling.) pic.twitter.com/174tJGLDmh
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 26, 2021
לילה טוב הפועל
וולקאם אנת׳וני בנט 👊🏽 @AnthonyBennett
— Hapoel Jerusalem B.C (@JerusalemBasket) August 25, 2021
The last decade has been a whirlwind for Bennett, who once was the talk of the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-8 forward was a controversial top pick but the organization had hopes that he would develop into next star.
However, Bennett lasted just one year in Cleveland before he was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 2014-15 campaign would prove to be his best in the NBA, but he averaged just 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 57 games played.
Bennett played just 42 more total games in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets before he couldn’t find a spot on a roster. He briefly played in the EuroLeague, for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe, but hasn’t been able to find his way back to the top level in the States.
At just 28 years old, Bennett’s playing days are far from over. His NBA dreams might be long gone, but he can still carve out a reputation elsewhere, starting in Israel.
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