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Anthony Bennett, Steven Adams bring NBA Draft to new international levels

Jun 28, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn Reuters

NEW YORK – Anthony Bennett – who became the NBA’s highest-drafted Canadian when the Cavaliers picked him No. 1 in last night’s NBA Draft – said seven dangerous words in his press conference.

“I’m not a big fan of hockey,” Bennett said as reporters shot each other nervous looks, wondering what fate his home country would deal him for those comments.

“But I support the Maple Leafs,” Bennett continued, hopefully saving his reputation in the Great White North.

Bennett surpassed new teammate Tristan Thompson, whom the Cavaliers picked fourth in 2011, as the highest-drafted Canadian.

He wasn’t the only international player setting a new mark for his country. Steven Adams, drafted at No. 12 by the Thunder, became the highest-drafted player from New Zealand.

There had been just three NBA players from New ZealandAron Baynes, Sean Marks and Kirk Penney – and Marks was the only of trio to be drafted, No. 44 in 1998.

Don’t put away the record books just yet. As Bennett was quick to point out, another Canadian, Andrew Wiggins, could go No. 1 next year.

  1. azarkhan - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    His parents are Jamaican which kinda makes him Jamaican, so why would he be into hockey?

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      “Our Father, who art in Calgary, Bobsled be thy name. Thy kingdom come, gold medals won, on Earth as it is in Turn Seven. With Liberty and Justice for Jamaica and Haile Selassie. Amen.”

    • graburshoes - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      P.K. Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner (best defenceman in the NHL) who plays for the Montreal Canadiens, is born in Toronto and his parents immigrated to Canada from Jamaica. His brother Malcom was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2012. The youngest Subban, Jordan, is expected to be drafted this Sunday.

      Nice try azarkhan…ignorant comment bud.

  2. dacapt704 - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I love how they say “international player” but hes just from Canada. Now before you all THUMBS DOWN..I DO know that Canada is another country so technically its right but come on…when we think of international players do we really think of Canadians as foreigners??

    I grew up in Buffalo and it was nothing for us to cross the border (pre 911 days when it was easy to do) and party in Canada at Niagara Falls. For a lot of places like Buffalo and Detroit, we can get to Canada in 25 mins…anyway, just something that kinda irked me last night..

    PS. My 2nd hometown Charlotte BOOBcats BLEW another pick!! McLemore was sitting there for the taking…Zeller–really?? SMH

  3. saint1997 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Baynes is an Aussie I thought

    • spursareold - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I believe Baynes played in the ABL, but is a Kiwi.

  4. nickactone - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Aron Baynes is as Australian as they come. He was born in NZ but moved to Australia as a little kid. How else would he represent Australia at the Olympics??? Get it right!!!
    If you want to call Baynes a New Zealander, then you should call Kyrie Irving Australian every time he is mentioned.

  5. murtdurt - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Canada representing!!

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