Anthony Bennett Selected No. 1 Overall in 2013 NBA Draft by Cavaliers
In a move absolutely no one saw coming, Dan Gilbert and Chris Grant selected UNLV's Anthony Bennett:
The Cavs have been on the clock since defying the odds at the lottery last month, but they kept quiet on their preference and had everyone speculating on who they would choose with the top pick.
Many thought they would select Nerlens Noel. Some thought Alex Len. Others even predicted Victor Oladipo. But after one pick, we got one curveball.
That's not to say Bennett isn't talented.
Although he's a bit of a tweener, the former UNLV star is an explosive, versatile scorer.
How would you grade this pick?
He can face up on the perimeter and either take his defender off the dribble or pull up from the NBA three-point line, but he also has an effective post-up game that he can utilize against smaller players.
Throw in his ability on the glass and upside after just one encouraging year in college, and it’s not difficult to see why the Cavs were so enamored.
Gilbert and Grant have made a knack of surprising people. In 2011, they took Tristan Thompson at No. 4. In 2012, they went with Dion Waiters earlier than most expected at No. 4 as well.
The success of this selection may depend on Bennett’s ability to play small forward, but Cleveland’s recent success with top picks speaks for itself.
Moreover, this pick isn't going anywhere, per ESPN's Andy Katz:
Cleveland will keep Anthony Bennett. No trade per Cavs.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 27, 2013
Buckle up. This draft is clearly going to be wild.
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