The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game with the Running Rebels. Bennett was said to have a fan in Cleveland’s head coach Mike Brown. He is a skilled power forward who was the top scoring and rebounding freshman per-40 minutes in the NBA Draft.
There is no doubt that the kid can play, being unguardable at times, but Bennett’s weakness is undoubtedly on the defensive end. He is an extreme athlete who has a desire to work hard and will have a solid teacher in Brown. Where he fits on the Cavaliers remains to be seen given the presence of Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao already splitting time at the power forward slot. Bennett will, however, provide offensive skill and balance for the plus-defenders in Thompson and Varejao.
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