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Anthony Bennett has been officially introduced by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected the UNLV power forward with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
Although he wasn't regarded by many draft experts as the best player available, Bennett was always at the top of Cleveland's board. The Cavs listened to several trade offers before finalizing their decision to take the 6-foot-7 Bennett, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in one season for the Runnin' Rebels.
Bennett may not even start as a rookie and will likely back up fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson. The two grew up in the same area in Ontario.
Bennett doesn't arrive without questions. He recently underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and has reportedly struggled with his weight.
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The decisions that were made on Thursday night weren’t only surprising, but they were big game-changers. Each and every team had an unusually large amount of selections to strongly consider and choose between. Every single process in picking the team’s player was important, such as watching game tape, the NBA Draft Combine, and individual team workouts. However, sometimes...
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After much debate back and forth for 6 weeks, the Cavs will select # 1: NerLenthony McLottodipo. Hope that clears it up for everyone…
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 27, 2013
Well, this tweet should clear up any questions about who the Cleveland Cavaliers will be taking with the #1 overall pick. It’s good to see that Gilbert isn’t letting any pressure get to him and is...
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....
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Russian guard Sergey Karasev with the No. 19 overall pick in the NBA draft.
The Cavs had been targeting Karasev for some time and thought they might have to trade up to get the 19-year-old, who played on the Russian Olympic team last summer at the London Games. A left-handed shooter, the 6-foot-8 Karasev averaged 18...
The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked much of the NBA world by passing on the likes of Nerlens Noel for UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick. Bennett, who had a very nice run during his year in Las Vegas was projected to be a top 10 pick by many draft experts however no one [...]
Credit the Cleveland Cavaliers for executing the ultimate misinformation strategy in the days leading up to the NBA Draft.
Nobody saw the Anthony Bennett pick coming. Not even the guy who made this slow motion highlight video that has Bennett looking like something of a superhero.
The guy I picked for the Cavaliers, Otto Porter, ended...
Weeks of speculation, rumor and conjecture all come to a front at 7p tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers add another piece with their crosshairs placed precisely on (hopeful) perennial contention. We have all seen the mock drafts, read the scouting reports and watched the videos. We’ve listened to doctors, pondered the past and attempted to forecast the future. The Cleveland Cavaliers...
In terms of the greatest reactions in NBA Draft history to an overall number one pick, ESPN’s Bill Simmons had one vocal one as the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett.
Watch as Bill drops a Keanu Reeves as the pick is announcer by NBA commish David Stern:
Cavaliers pick Anthony Bennett [The Big Lead]
Nerlens Noel was long considered a probable first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but instead fell all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans' at No. 6. The Pelicans will trade the draft rights to Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The difference in the rookie salary scale between being the first overall pick and the sixth is immense.
Anthony Bennett will earn $4,436,900 in...
Grantland.com Editor in Chief and ESPN NBA analyst Bill Simmons provided one of the better reaction shots of the 2013 NBA Draft, doing so just a few minutes into the broadcast when UNLV’s Anthony Bennett’s name was called as the Cavalier’s first-overall pick.
The ESPN panel all had a different player for the Cavs to select, but none of them had Bennett going No. 1.
Below are my final predicitions for who I believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will select in the 2013 NBA Draft. Be sure to read these now because as soon as the draft ends I will edit accordingly.
These picks are assuming there is no trade and the Cavs actually make a selection at No. 1, No. 19, No. 31 and No. 33.
No. 1: Alex Len
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With the surprise pick of Anthony Bennett at #1 and the selections of Sergey Karasev at 19 and Carrick Felix at 33, it was quite a memorable night for Cavaliers fans. Andrew and I got together this morning and discussed last night’s events in the only way the two of us know how, in long form. So, without further ado, here is our NBA Draft fallout conversation.
Kirk: So, Andrew...