Cavs Shock NBA With First Pick

Cleveland passes on big men to take injured Anthony Bennett in NBA draft

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 27, 2013 7:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick tonight, a surprising start to the NBA draft. The Cavaliers passed on big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference player of the year. There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men.

Orlando passed on both of them, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown with the third pick. Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn't even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett's shoulder injury wasn't enough cause for concern. The pick comes on the tenth anniversary of the legendary 2003 draft in which the Cavs took LeBron James first overall.

NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes hands with UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, June 27, 2013, in New York.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes hands with UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, June 27, 2013, in New York.   (Jason DeCrow)
Indiana's Victor Oladipo waits for the NBA basketball draft to begin, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo waits for the NBA basketball draft to begin, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.   (Kathy Willens)
UNLV's Anthony Bennett smiles after being selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.
UNLV's Anthony Bennett smiles after being selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Indiana's Victor Oladipo, left, and Cody Zeller chat before the NBA basketball draft got underway, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo, left, and Cody Zeller chat before the NBA basketball draft got underway, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.   (Kathy Willens)
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