Cavs select longshot Anthony Bennett, among other surprises

Whatever the Cleveland Cavaliers intend to do with their first overall pick, the selection of Anthony Bennett as the top dog in the 2013 NBA Draft was a complete and utter astonishment to professional basketball fans across the nation. Bennett, a 6-7, 239 power forward from UNLV, presents to the Cavs his jaw-dropping athleticism, along with his uncanny ability to rebound the ball. Although a bit undersized, he should fit in well in Cleveland. In 2012, he racked up just over 16 points and 8 rebounds per game at UNLV, and in the meantime a 25-9 record, conference title, and an 5-seed in the NCAA tournament. ALthough a bit undersized for a NBA forward, Bennett should fit in well in Cleveland.
Among others selected in the NBA Draft, Victor Oladipo went second to Orlando, Otto Porter went third to Washington, and Cody Zeller fourth to Charlotte. The second major surprise in the NBA Draft were centers Alex Len and Nerlens Noel. Moments before the draft begun, many experts had ranked either of these two as the top selection, while in reality Len went fifth to Phoenix and Noel sixth to New Orleans, where he will be traded to Philadelphia.
Following these selections, Ben McLemore landed seventh to Sacramento, athletic point guard Trey Burke went ninth to Minnesota, and Shabazz Muhammad fourteenth to Utah. The first international player was selected by Milwaukee, when they chose the small forward from Greece, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
While the 2013 NBA Draft revealed many surprises as the night went on, on thing is for sure: this class will present its fair share of talent. And as the years roll on, this year’s class just might go down as one of the most exciting in league history.

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