All sports are fast moving, but none seem to move as fast as the NBA. Guys who were big producers on teams one year, fade out of the league not two years later, and some No. 1 draft picks that were thought to be the next big thing, disappear into obscurity. Two former No. 1 draft picks are trying to fight the label "bust."
Markelle Fultz and Anthony Bennett.
Fultz is getting all of the time in the world to recover from a shoulder injury that sent him packing from Philadelphia. John Hammond has been adamant that all Fultz needs is time and that they don't have a timeline for his return. Many in Orlando cling to the idea that Fultz will bust his current label and become a star in the NBA. He has the fans support, management's support, and time.
Someone who doesn't have that same support and time would be Anthony Bennett.
Bennett taken first overall by the Cavaliers in 2013 was a question mark to begin with. People knew that the Cavs weren't drafting a polished player, but rather raw talent. That talent did not pan out in the NBA. He has since gone overseas and to the G-League. Now he has a chance to come back to the NBA.
The Houston Rockets have signed Bennett to a non-guaranteed contract.
The reaction for Anthony Bennett from fans has been less than spectacular.
Clearly, Bennett has little fan support, but those who have followed his career in the G-League are hopeful for his return to the NBA.
Will either of these two break out into the stars that they were drafted to be? Only time will tell.