The anticipation is finally over and Wine and Gold fans finally now who the newest addition to their team is after clouds and rumors muddled minds over the past few weeks. With the No. 1 overall pick in the 67th NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett– the freshman forward out of UNLV. Bennett becomes the third No. 1 overall pick for Cleveland, joining LeBron James (2003 NBA Draft) and Kyrie Irving (2011). Bennett joins the young core of draft picks over the last two years that consists of Irving, Tristan Thompson (No. 4, 2011), Dion Waiters (No. 4, 2012) and Tyler Zeller (No. 17, 2012).
This pick is quite shocking, as many thought that out of the six players that were solidified in the top six picks, Bennett stood the best chance at not being the player to pick. The Cavaliers front office kept this pick a secret, so no wonder it was such a shocker. The Cavaliers passed on other bigs such as Nerlens Noel and Alex Len that have been rumored all along, and he is also grouped into the bigs who had injury concerns with these three as well. Bennett gained 20 pounds after shoulder surgery due to inactivity and is also one of the players that met with the Cavs before the draft. Bennett, just like Waiters, did not work out before the draft.
It’s strange that the Cavaliers selected a power forward, as Tristan Thompson already fills that void. Anyways, in his one season at UNLV, Bennett averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 35 games with the Rebels. Bennett shot 53.3 percent from the field and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. With a new defensive-minded head coach in Mike Brown on the staff, Bennett will have a good mentor to work under in Cleveland. It will be interesting, nonetheless, to see how he fits into the lineup in the 2013-14 season.
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