Four Quarters: Bennett's 1st NBA basket, finally

Four Quarters: Bennett's 1st NBA basket, finally
November 6, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Because local NBA interest isn't limited to all-things Wizards, we'll take a regular look at different subsets of players - "Four Quarters," as it were - throughout the league throughout the season...

Exes - Former Wizards playing elsewhere in the Association; listed in current order of curiosity for this season

Emeka Okafor (Suns), Caron Butler* (Bucks), Nick Young (Lakers), Jordan Crawford (Celtics), A.J. Price (Timberwolves), JaVale McGee (Nuggets), Mike James (Bulls), Roger Mason Jr.(Heat), Kwame Brown (76ers), Shaun Livingston (Nets), Antawn Jamison (Clippers), Kirk Hinrich (Bulls), Shelvin Mack (Hawks), Cartier Martin (Hawks), Mike Miller (Grizzlies), Randy Foye (Nuggets), Alonso Gee (Cavaliers), Brendan Haywood (Bobcats), Rashard Lewis (Heat), Hamady Ndiaye (Kings), Ronnie Turiaf (Timberwolves), Jannero Pargo (Bobcats), Andray Blatche (Nets)

* Like the Wizards, the Celtics and Jazz entered Wednesday winless and Boston hosted Utah. In a move surely designed to increase their odds of winning, the Celtics, for the first time this season started one Jordan Crawford. At point guard. The box score doesn't reveal significant production (seven points, four assists, +/- minus eight), but obviously the presence of Steez impacted the outcome as the Celtics won 97-87.

College kids - We knew them at... 

Georgetown - Otto Porter ( Wizards), Jeff Green  (Celtics), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Greg Monroe* (Pistons), Henry Sims (Cavaliers), Hollis Thompson (76ers)

Maryland - Steve Blake (Lakers), Alex Len (Suns), Greivis Vasquez (Kings)

Virginia - Mike Scott (Hawks)

Towson - Gary Neal (Bucks)

Old Dominion - Kent Bazemore (Warriors)

VCU - Larry Sanders (Bucks)

Norfolk State - Kyle O'Quinn (Magic)

*Sanders didn't play against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night because of his alleged role in a nightclub altercation. Obviously we'll wait before assuming anything, but the details in this tweet, yeesh. The shot blocker signed a four-year, $44 million contract this summer. 

Beltway Boys - DMV natives in the NBA;  listed in current order of curiosity for this season

Kevin Durant* (Thunder), Michael Beasley (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Rudy Gay (Raptors),  Jarrett Jack (Cavaliers), Ty Lawson (Nuggets), Thomas Robinson (Blazers), Will Barton (Blazers), Keith Bogans (Celtics)

*That sound you here is Anthony clanking shot after shot this season for the sliding Knicks. The career 45 percent field goal shooter is at 37.1 percent through four games and just 30 percent (6 for 20) from beyond the 3-point arc. Times could even tougher for the 1-3 Knicks now that Tyson Chandler is out 4-6 weeks with a leg injury. Without its top interior defender, New York figures to give up gobs of points. Carmelo, time to start dropping buckets.

Those who were never actually Wizards but at some point there were rumor or reality reasons why folks sincerely imagined "what if" (If you know the Wizards, you know how to connect the dots. Listed in order of infatuation intensity, current and historic)

Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Klay Thompson* (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), DeJuan Blair (Mavericks), Kennett Faried (Nuggets), Ben McLemore (Kings), Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks), Nerlens Noel (76ers), Alex Len (Suns), Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Omer Asik (Rockets), Enes Kanter (Jazz), Draymond Green (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), Nate Robinson (Nuggets), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Devin Harris (Mavericks).

* It's not often that a basket, even a 3-pointer during the second quarter of a November NBA game generates any kind of attention. The curious case of Anthony Bennett is the exception. Entering Wednesday's game against the Bucks, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 draft by the Cavaliers had yet to make a field goal. Four games, 0 for 15 from the field. Yikes indeed. Finally, after missing unlucky number 16, Bennett finally connected early in the second quarter. Surprisingly, there were no reports of officials stopping the game to award Bennett the ball. From there, the missing continued. Bennett erred on his final three attempts - now 1 for 20 - and finished with three points.