Overall Grade: B
No. 1: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Well, no one saw this coming.
Leading up to the draft, the talk was all about whether the Cleveland Cavaliers would select Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, but we were thrown a curveball on the very first pitch of the event.
Anthony Bennett has the potential to become a great stretch 4 in the NBA, but he's going to have to put a lot of work in on that jumper. He showed it off while at UNLV, but the range needs to improve quickly. If it does—and he keeps the excess weight off—a Kyrie Irving-Bennett pick-and-pop will be deadly.
An undersized player with terrific strength and athleticism, Bennett's long arms will help him overcome his lack of height, but he's going to have to develop a tougher persona on the court.
For what seems like the millionth year in a row, Cleveland seems to be reaching with a lottery pick. It's worked out with Tristan Thompson and is on that trajectory with Dion Waiters.
Will Bennett follow suit?
No. 19: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Don't believe for a second that Sergey Karasev will be a draft-and-stash prospect, as his game is NBA-ready right now. He should be a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff push, especially because of the glaring void at small forward.
Karasev has a silky-smooth shot, and his range extends well beyond the three-point arc.
The Russian is already a solid scorer, especially because he has good, shifty handles that allow him to make up for his relatively limited athleticism. Karasev will serve primarily as a spot-up shooter who can help spread the court for Kyrie Irving's dashes to the basket.
Landing Karasev, who was expected to be a lottery pick, at No. 19 makes the No. 1 pick look better as well.
No. 33: Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State
After drafting Sergey Karasev and creating an offensive core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and the Russian forward, the Cavs decided to pursue some defense with their second pick of the second round. This came after trading the No. 31 spot to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second-round picks.
Carrick Felix is a huge shooting guard, standing 6'6" with a 6'9" wingspan, and he often shows a pure hatred for allowing opposing players to score points. He's big enough to play small forward, although that's not his natural position.
A great athlete, Felix can slash to the basket in both half-court sets and the transition game, but he'll need to work on his outside shooting if he hopes to contribute much offensively.