Cleveland Cavs Pick Anthony Bennett #1 In NBA Draft

By Staff  |  06/27/2013

Cleveland Cavs pick Anthony Bennett with no. 1 pick in 2013 Draft

The 2013 NBA Draft began Thursday evening (June 27), and it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who kicked things off by choosing UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the #1 overall pick.

It was a surprise to analysts, many of which expected center Nerlens Noel to go first.

Bennett became the first Canadian #1 overall pick in the league's history, while Noel fell to #6 where the New Orleans Pelicans picked him up and dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.

The Cavs' new rookie was a star on Canada's junior national teams, was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year, and led a record 12 international players, who were taken in the first round.

"I'm just as surprised as anyone else," Bennett said.

"I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn't thinking I was the No. 1 pick," Noel also said.

With the #2 pick, Orlando also passed on big men, choosing Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo, while the Washington Wizards took Otto Porter Jr. at #3.

The Bobcats chose forward Cody Zeller at #4, and Phoenix took center Alex Len with the #5 film.

Other notables included: Kansas guard Ben McLemore, another player who was considered a potential top-three pick, going seventh to Sacramento; and the New York Knicks grabbed Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. two picks later.

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