Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anthony Bennett (UNLV) shakes hands with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Cleveland Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett


The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He is a 6’8, 260 pound power forward from UNLV. The Canadian star averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game last season, and is recovering from a shoulder injury, which has helped his weight shoot up from 240 to 260. He gets up and down the floor very well and is a very physical player.

How Anthony Bennett fits in with the Cavaliers

Bennett is a 6’8 power forward, and the Cavs already have Tristan Thompson. But with his floor speed and upper body strength, he fits well with the current Cavs core. He doesn’t back down from defenders, even though they have a few inches on him. Fastbreaks containing Irving, Waiters, Bennett and Thompson can and will be scary.

Will Bennett be an impact player in 2013?

Bennett will likely come off of the bench behind Thompson. He can be a spark off of the bench with the second unit, and can fit in with the starters if needed. His offensive versatility and his physicality on the defensive end will come in handy for the Cavs and new coach, Mike Brown.

What drafting Bennett means for the Cavaliers

While the Cavs didn’t necessarily draft for needs, being shooting guard and center, this isn’t a bad pick. Drafting Bennett means that with their next pick, #19, or through trades, you can still expect a small forward or center to be looked at.

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