Cavs shock the world, take Anthony Bennett first overall
The Cleveland Cavaliers put mock drafts to shame Thursday night, selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first pick in the NBA draft over the likes of Nerlens Noel, Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore and even Alex Len.
The pick took everyone by surprise, and if you called Bennett as the pick, well, you’re lying.
Check out Bill Simmons’s reaction at the 18 second mark.
Woah indeed, Bill. Woah indeed.
The Cavs had kept their pick a secret up until they actually made the selection and no one was expecting Bennett’s name to be called. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel was the favorite for the pick but ended up falling to number six at New Orleans.
Yahoo! Sports mentions that Bennett told reporters not even he knew he was about to be selected.
“I’m just as surprised as everybody else,” he said. “I didn’t really have any idea of who’s going No. 1 or who’s going No. 2 — I heard everything was up for grabs. I’m just real happy, glad that i have this opportunity, and I’ve just got to thank God for everything.”
The pick is somewhat curious for the Cavs. They already have a power forward in Tristan Thompson and Bennett is undersized at 6-7, 235 to play the power forward. But Bennett has the ability to shoot the ball, shooting 37.5 percent from three last season, and could act as the coveted “stretch-four.” Bennett also has decent handles for his size and will bring some always needed rebounding.
SI.com however, notes that scouts have their doubts about Bennett’s desire to play defense.
Though the pick is curious for the Cavs as far as position need is concerned, it’s hard to criticize the Cavs. With no one player to fall in love with, multiple players could have gone as the first pick.
Bennett is the first Canadian player to be selected first overall.