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Cavs Take Bennett Number 1

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/27/2013

Even though there was no consensus top prospect in this years NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers still turned heads when they selected Anthony Bennett with the top pick. Some mock drafts had Bennett sliding out of the top 10 in days leading up to the draft, but most had him slotted somewhere 5-10.

The pick was particularly surprising because the Cavaliers used the number 4 pick just two seasons ago to take PF Tristan Thompson and also because of the availability of other top talents, such as Kentucky's Nerlens Noel. But perhaps even more shocking than Cleveland's #1 pick was the fall of Noel, who went 6th to the New Orleans Pelicans despite being listed as the top prospect on just about every expert's draft board.

The 6' 8", 240 lb Bennett is just 20-year-olds and averaged 15.8 points, 8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and shot 52.6% from the floor in 34 games as a freshman with UNLV. He has great ball handling skills for a big man and will likely become a stretch-4 in the NBA if he can develop a decent mid-range game.

Bennett is the first Canadian born player to be selected first overall in the NBA Draft and should fit nicely into Cleveland's interior rotation. He has been compared to such players as Larry Johnson.

The Cavalier's also selected SG Sergey Keresev out of Russia with the 19th overall pick.

 

   
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