Cleveland Cavaliers Have Bad Fit With Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson

By Rob Lunder

In a shocking turn of events, the Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the first overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, chose UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick.

This move was stunning considering that no one ever expected him to go first overall. Most people expected either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len to be the first overall selection. The Cavaliers must have saw something special in Bennett because this is the type of pick that has “bust” written all over it.

The problem with selecting Bennett is that he is very similar to another young forward on the current roster in Tristan Thompson. Thompson has a similar game to Bennett and is already occupying the power forward position. Bennett is not a small forward and Cavaliers management would be foolish to put him there full-time.

This was an awful pick and the Cavaliers will regret it for some time. Victor Oladipo and Ben Mclemore both would have been much better picks if they decided they didn’t want Noel or Len. Why pick a guy who plays the same position as one of your best young players already? It just makes no sense.

Maybe the Cavaliers will try to package Thompson with a future draft pick to get a quality young player at a different position instead. A hypothetical trade of Thompson to the Charlotte Bobcats for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would make sense for both sides and would help the Cavaliers fill their void at the small forward position.

The Cavaliers made a mistake by selecting Bennett, and they might have to move Thompson now to help fill other voids on the current roster.


Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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