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Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett could be facing the end of his NBA career

Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett could be facing the end of his NBA career
Nets forward Anthony Bennett reacts during his team's 116-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 20. (Chris Young / Associated Press)

The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised many when they chose Anthony Bennett with the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 forward, who played collegiately at Nevada Las Vegas, set a milestone when he became the first Canadian-born player to be the league’s No. 1 overall selection.

Since then, there have been few noteworthy accomplishments for Bennett. On Monday, the Brooklyn Nets became the third team to waive Bennett.

He had played in 23 games for the Nets, averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.

Bennett was with the Cavaliers for one season before he was involved in a three-team trade that sent him and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota and brought Kevin Love to Cleveland.

He produced his best numbers with the Timberwolves, averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes, but was waived before the start of the 2015-16 season.

He was quickly signed by his hometown Toronto Raptors, but he bounced back and forth between Toronto and the NBA Developmental League. He played in just 19 games, playing 4.4 minutes before being waived a second time. 

The Nets signed him last summer. Even on a team with the league's worst record (8-28), the 23-year old Bennett was unable to find consistent minutes, making it unlikely a better team will have a need for him.

Bennett earned more than $15 million during his first four years. His contract with the Nets was worth a little more than $1 million this season.

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