NBA draft pick #1 - Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland surprises everyone by taking Anthony Bennett No. 1

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

Thanks to a combination of LeBron James-related karma and the magic of Dan Gilbert's son, the Cavs landed the Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anthony Bennett (UNLV) shakes hands with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sportstop pick again this year and have selected Anthony Bennett.

Rumors have circulated for weeks that Cleveland wanted to deal the pick to someone else and it's still very possible that they will move him later on.  No one had Bennett going to Cleveland, so this could have been a pick made for another team.

The 2012-13 Cavs went 24-58 finishing 19th in the league in points per game but struggled mightily, finishing the year 27th in Defensive Rating.  With some improvement on the defensive end of the floor and continued development of Kyrie and the rest of the team's young core, the Cavs could definitely improve next year and become a mediocre team, or as they say in the Eastern Conference, a playoff team.

Bringing back Mike Brown, a defensive coach, should really help the defense but Bennett is limited defensively.  He is a stretch 4 who can score, but likely lacks the quickness to guard wing players.

The Cavs desperately needed help at both the Center and Small Forward position to compliment a young group made up of Irving, Waiters, and Thompson.  Anderson Varejao has long held down the middle in Cleveland, but he has missed significant time due to injuries and was unable to contribute for the majority of the 2012-13 season. 

The Cavs also have the 19th pick in the first round as well as two early second rounders that they could still use to make some draft day moves.
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6/30/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well.. the Cavs will remain a lottery team!!