Cavs take Bennett with No. 1 pick
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-7 Bennett, the highest drafted Canadian ever, averaged a team- leading 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while being named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year last season.
Victor Oladipo, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Indiana, was taken by Orlando at No. 2. The Washington Wizards chose a hometown product in Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr. at No. 3, while Indiana forward Cody Zeller was chosen fourth by Charlotte. Maryland center Alex Len went at No. 5 to the Phoenix Suns.
The selection of Bennett comes as a bit of a shock, as Kentucky's Nerlens Noel was considered a possible No. 1 pick when the draft began Thursday night at the Barclays Center. Instead, Noel was taken at No. 6 by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Reports indicate that Noel will be on the move to Philadelphia, however, in exchange for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. The Sixers will reportedly get a 2014 first-round pick while giving the No. 42 overall choice in this draft to New Orleans.
Bennett, who was born in Toronto, is the second UNLV player to be chosen No. 1. The Charlotte Hornets took Larry Johnson first overall in 1991. His weight reportedly ballooned to 261 pounds due to a shoulder injury.
This is the second time in three years the Cavs have had the top pick. In 2011 they took Duke's Kyrie Irving, who was then the NBA Rookie of the Year.
Bennett will try to help the Cavaliers get back to their winning ways for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise and went to the Miami Heat following the 2010 season. The Cavs were a playoff team for six straight years with James, but have missed the postseason the last three.
Last season, the Cavs went 24-58 and fired head coach Byron Scott, then hired back Mike Brown, who previously served as the team's head coach from 2005-10.
Oladipo, who has great defensive skills, is also an above-average 3-point shooter, as evidenced by his 44.1 percent clip from beyond the arc in his junior season. That's a huge improvement from the 20.8 percent mark during his sophomore year.
The Magic finished with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62 one year after trading Dwight Howard.
The 6-foot-9 Porter left the Hoyas after his sophomore year. He was the Big East Conference Player of the Year last season after averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 42.2 percent from 3-point range.
Zeller joins his brother, former North Carolina standout and current Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller, in the NBA. Another brother, Luke, played part of last season for the Phoenix Suns.
Cody Zeller left Indiana after his sophomore season. He earned a spot on the 2013 All-Big Ten first team after posting 17.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per tilt on 53.6 percent shooting from the floor.
The 7-foot-1 Len, a native of Ukraine, placed second on the Terrapins last season in scoring at 11.9 points per game and was fifth in the ACC in rebounding (7.8 rpg). He started half of the 22 games in which he appeared as a freshman, shooting 55.3 percent from the field.
The Sixers are taking a big chance on the 6-foot-10 Noel, whose only season at Kentucky was cut short by a torn ACL in his left knee. He played 24 games before suffering the injury in February against Florida.
Noel had surgery a month later, once swelling subsided, but his recovery was expected to take between 6-8 months.
The Massachusetts native averaged 10.5 points for the Wildcats and led the SEC in rebounding at 9.5 per game while topping the nation in blocked shots at 4.4 per outing.
Kansas guard Ben McLemore went at No. 7 to the Sacramento Kings. Detroit chose Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope eighth, Michigan point guard Trey Burke went next to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lehigh shooting guard C.J. McCollum was taken by Portland at No. 10.
Reports indicate that Burke is on his way to Utah via a trade for the Jazz's 14th and 21st overall picks.
The 6-foot-5 McLemore led the Jayhawks in scoring at 15.9 points and also had 5.2 rebounds per game as a freshman last season. He shot 49.5 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc.
Pope was named the 2013 SEC Player of the Year by the coaches after posting 18 points per game to go with 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals.
Burke swept the major National Player of the Year awards as a sophomore after leading Michigan to the NCAA championship game.
McCollum missed the bulk of the 2013 season after breaking his left foot in early January. He still averaged 23.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 12 outings this past season.
Philadelphia took Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick.
This marks the 30th and last time David Stern announcing the top overall pick. He will step down as commissioner Feb. 1 and will be replaced by Adam Silver.
06/27 20:52:13 ET