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NBA Draft 2013: What Twitter's Saying About Top Overall Pick Anthony Bennett

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27:  Anthony Bennett of UNLV poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner David Stern after Bennett was drafted #1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Bourough of New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJune 28, 2013

After days of speculation over whom the Cleveland Cavaliers would take with the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft, the Cavs surprised almost everyone (including maybe the pick himself) and selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett.

Speculation before the draft had the Cavs taking one of a trio Victor Oladipo, Alex Len or Nerlens Noel, and at no point in ESPN's 30 minute pre-draft show did they even mention the possibility of Bennett going with the first overall pick.

The only thing certain about whom the top pick would be was the uncertainty surrounding it.

Bennett had actually been rumored to be a faller in the draft and some had thought that he could come close to falling out of the top 10.

Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has surprised people before with his picks of Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson in the top five of the draft, but neither was as surprising as this one.

As is true with any bold pick like this, there have been many who've panned the pick, saying the Cavaliers should have gone with a safer choice.

This criticism is largely without merit, though, as the draft was widely viewed as lacking in top-tier talent. 

Noel and Len were coming off surgery and had injury concerns, and Oladipo didn't make a lot of sense for a team that took Waiters with the fourth pick in last year's draft.

Bennett has as much upside as anyone in the draft due to his ability as a power forward to shoot the ball from range. He can run the floor well and, with a 7'1" wing span, he has some defensive potential too.

There is definitely some question as to how he will fit with a team that already has Thompson at power forward, and many teams were concerned with his weight gain prior to the draft, but the pros outweigh the cons.

In a draft where nearly all the top players had some question marks, the Cavaliers got a player with huge upside with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

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