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Is Toronto Raptors Anthony Bennett Too Shy To Succeed?

Former first overall NBA draft pick Anthony Bennett is getting another second chance in Toronto. However, the local product just hasn’t been taking full advantage of some early season opportunities. With both Terrence Ross and DeMarre Carroll on the shelf and head coach Dwane Casey desperately searching for some offense out of his second unit, it seems like Bennett is just too shy to succeed.

“I’m pretty shy, a lot of people don’t really know that,” Bennett admitted. “(The Raptors) welcomed me with open arms. They taught me a lot of things.

“It’s been a learning experience, Cleveland, Minnesota and now here. I am just taking it day by day (trying to) better myself anyway I can.”

Bennett has played in each of the past four games, averaging 9 minutes without a made field goal, but what is perhaps more concerning is he has only attempted 1.8 shots per game and come up with just 1.5 rebounds. It isn’t easy being an injury reserve, however, Bennett can’t know when this opportunity will come again. This is no time to be shy.

Maybe Bennett is struggling with being in front of his friends and family? Maybe it’s the pressure of playing for a team that’s expected to win? However, if Bennett can’t get over some of that shyness and at least start performing at the level he did in Minnesota last season, maybe a trip to the Raptors 905 would help?



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.