There is no denying forward Anthony Bennett is an outstanding player. With that being said, did the Cleveland Cavaliers make the right move by selecting him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft?
The state of shock that the fans and the ESPN draft commentators were in when Bennett’s name was called is everything anyone needs to know about what had happened when Cleveland made the first pick. Everyone knew that he was going to go somewhere in the top five, but it is evident that no one had a clue he would be the top player selected among the players in the 2013 NBA draft class.
The 6’7”, 240-pound power forward has tremendous offensive game with an unquestioned upside. He is physically intimidating and his intensity will go unmatched at the professional level. He is certainly one of the most athletic big men in the entire draft, something that will benefit the Cavaliers immensely in their front court. Bennett has the ability to get past defenders with ease and is capable of scoring from anywhere around the basket. He is also known for slamming down ferocious dunks.
Bennett averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 27.1 minutes per game last season. He also converted 53.3 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
His numbers as well as his scouting report suggest that Cleveland absolutely made the right decision. The fact is Kyrie Irving could do wonders with someone of Bennett’s talent on the court with him. Even though many speculated the Cavaliers would go after a shooting guard, the organization is banking on Dion Waiters to be their man going forward.
Only time will tell if the Cavaliers made the right decision.