2013 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Make Shocking Choice Taking Anthony Bennett No. 1

By Connor Muldowney

In what can be considered one of the most shocking draft picks in the history of the NBA, Anthony Bennett was picked no. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s draft.

The fresh-out-of-college power forward was a shock at the no. 1 pick, as many people saw the Cavalierss taking Nerlens Noel or Alex Len at the top spot, filling their void at center. Right now, Anderson Varejao is the starting center, and while he may be a good rebounder, he is not the best center who they could have. The draft was supposed to bring them a superstar-caliber center and that has all gone and passed.

Bennett, however, is not a bad choice at no. 1. While he may be a bit on the heavy side at 260 pounds, the big man can play two positions — the three and the four.

Bennett was a monster at UNLV and averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in his first and only season with the Runnin’ Rebels. He’s the kind of guy that can grab a boatload of rebounds for the Cavs as well as put up points, something they have been missing consistently down low for quite some time.

While Tyler Zeller and Varejao are looking to be the centers on this team, Bennett will help out in other area and take some pressure off the center position.

This may not have been the most popular pick, but it is one that could help Dan Gilbert, Mike Brown and the rest of the Cavs organization out in the long run.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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