NBA Draft 2013: Cleveland Cavaliers Select Anthony Bennett

March 20, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; UNLV Rebels forward Anthony Bennett (15) addresses the media in a press conference during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There was much debate over who would be picked where in the NBA Draft and a lot of that mystery surrounded the No. 1 overall pick and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Would the Cav’s trade the pick, would they take Alex Len, Nerlens Noel or perhaps someone different? All the questions started right at the top but we now have an answer.

With the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett from UNLV.

The pick is exactly what they need as they didn’t need to hit a home run with the pick. The team has met with Nerlens Noel plenty of times dating all the way back to last season when general manager Chris Grant was making regular visits to Kentucky to scout out players, at least according to the live ESPN draft coverage.

But what the Cavaliers needed was a guy that can come in and be a part of this team rather than a leader and an immediate All-Star. They already have Kyrie Irving who is the face of the franchise and it’s truest leader. They have depth and they have support but they don’t have a starring cast and that’s exactly what they helped piece together with this pick.

Apparently, Anthony Bennett is that guy.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Draft 2012, NBA Draft 2013

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