Cavs’ rookie Anthony Bennett and free agent addition Jarrett Jack both found their way onto ESPN’s latest list of the league’s least valuable players. The list takes a look at players who are hurting their team’s chances to win the most, excluding players at the end of rosters who rarely see court time.
The duo of Bennett and Jack were supposed to be key addtions to the Cavaliers this offseason, but as the Cavs have disappointed during the ’13-14 season so have Bennett and Jack.
The number one pick in last year’s draft finds himself at number two on ESPN’s list of least valuable players behind the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins.
Second place: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland CavaliersPlease, just send him to the D-League already. This isn’t about pity; it’s about rehabilitation. You know what’s worse for his confidence than a demotion? Sticking with the status quo.With an obscenely bad 1.1 PER and a subterranean 31.9 percent true shooting percentage, this is the worst rookie season for a top pick by a country mile. The guy is shooting 14-for-78 (18 percent) outside five feet and ranks dead last in win shares (minus-0.9).For someone with conditioning issues, why nail him to the bench when he could work himself into shape in the D-League without the spotlight? Keeping him on the big-league roster reeks of cognitive dissonance by a desperate organization trying to save face. The sleep apnea, shoulder soreness and asthma issues are real, but so is the potential damage to his career and the Cavs’ chances at relevance. He might not boast the number of minutes as the rest of the names here, but his play is too toxic to leave him off.
Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider: Jarrett Jack. Although some regression from the career year Jack enjoyed in Golden State was to be expected, the Cavaliers couldn’t have realized they’d be getting the worst season he has played when they signed him this past summer. Jack is barely making 40 percent of his 2-pointers; his assists are down; and he hasn’t provided the kind of leadership Cleveland expected for its investment.
Cleveland currently sits 2.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.