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Shocker: Cavs take Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

Anthony Bennett AP

Literally nobody saw this coming.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the number one pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and it comes as a huge surprise.

Most mock drafts had Nerlens Noel at the top of the board in the weeks leading up to the draft, and Alex Len began to gain traction as Cleveland’s selection in recent days.

It’s definitely worth wondering if the Cavaliers made this pick for another team as part of an already agreed upon deal, but for now, the 6’7″ power forward lands in Cleveland.

Kurt Helin breaks down the Bennett pick for us below:

“Bennett is long and strong who is a beast in the paint. He has a big physical frame who has thrown down some of the best dunks of the college season (Kyrie Irving is going to love throwing the ball to him in transition). He’s shown flashes of an outside shot and handles, but can he do that consistently at the next level against better talent? There are also questions about his defense, but the Cavaliers must have liked the answers.”

  1. anhdazman - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Two Canadians go 1st in consecutive drafts. Yes, I mean Wiggins next year as the #1 too.

    • kingbeason52 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Ok, so what? Good for them. Way to recycle what Bennett said in his interview. Also maybe we should let the college basketball season play out first. Noel was going to be the #1 pick, got injured, and slid..Wiggins hasn’t played a second in college yet so lets calm down on next years draft.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Actually, Shabazz Muhoummed was supposed to be the big fish #1 before the season even started (NCAA), but you’ve made your point.

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I think Cleveland would have preferred to trade down and take him, but its a weak draft and no one wants to trade.

    • dondada10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      IDK if Bennett would’ve slipped past Washington.

    • troy10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Brilliant insight!!!

  3. padraighansen - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Wondering if Cleveland was drafting for OKC…..

  4. jthammerstix - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    The cavs have a nasty beast to take pressure off Tristan and Anderson. I like it.

  5. imforbigblue - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Wow what a crappy pick but were talking about Cleveland

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I’m going to have to say, this was the most surprising #1 I never saw coming for my entire life.

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