The reasoning behind this pick is sound enough. The Cleveland Cavaliers feel Anthony Bennett was the best talent in the draft, and I'm not usually one to quibble with the "best player available" strategy.
Still, when a desperate need is so blatantly ignored, it's hard not to raise an eyebrow.
The bottom line is that the Cavs needed help defensively. This is a team that ranked 27th in defensive efficiency last season, 29th in blocked shots and 25th in defensive rebounding percentage. They needed help up front to account for the lackluster defense of core players like Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson.
However, that's not what Bennett does. His athleticism and range make him a promising stretch 4, but he is a player who was completely lost off the ball defensively in college, as he looked confused and lazy on that end an awful lot.
Bennett is not a plus defender right now by any stretch of the imagination, and barring any huge development, he may never be.
If Cleveland's front office thinks that it can get away with Bennett and Thompson manning the back line of a playoff-caliber team, it is mistaken. Defense translates into playoff success, and Cleveland whiffed on its chance to make huge strides in that area.
Yes, "reaching" shouldn't matter all that much, and Bennett could absolutely be great, but it's doubtful he'll be great in the ways that Cleveland will need most.