The NBA career of forward Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has hit another bump as he was one of two players waived by the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Also waived by the team was rookie guard/forward Peter Jok. NBA teams have until Oct. 16, the day before the regular season begins, to set their roster for opening day.
In total teams will have 17 spots available to them, with two going to players on two-way contracts between the NBA and NBA G League. Waiving the 6-foot-8 Bennett and the 6-foot-6 Jok gets the Suns down to 18 players on their preseason roster, with two of those players being two-way contract recipients Mike James and Alec Peters.
Neither Bennett, who was signed by the Suns on Sept. 22, nor Jok appeared in a preseason game for the Suns before being waived.
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bennett played in 52 games as a rookie before being traded to Minnesota along with Andrew Wiggins in the summer of 2014 in a deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers. Bennett’s most productive season as a pro came with the Timberwolves, as he appeared in 57 games and averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2014-15. However, the team would buy out Bennett’s contract at season’s end.
From there Bennett would join his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors, spending time in the NBA and with the team’s G League affiliate, Raptors 905. Bennett would only play in 19 NBA games for the Raptors before being waived in March 2016, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest. Last season, Bennett averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 23 appearances for the Brooklyn Nets. In four NBA seasons, Bennett, who played one season of college basketball at UNLV, has averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game.
Jok was in a different spot, as he was an un-drafted free agent out of Iowa who was looking to earn a roster spot on a team that doesn’t lack for young guards. As a senior, Jok averaged 19.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game at Iowa, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.