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Cavs select Anthony Bennett with No. 1 pick

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 27, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first pick in Thursday’s NBA draft in a stunning move that surprised most everyone.

Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman with the Rebels. Cavs General Manager Chris Grant scouted him heavily during the college season and came away impressed with his explosive ability to score.

The question about Bennett is where he fits defensively. Bennett is only 6-foot-7, meaning he could struggle defending power forwards. At 240 pounds, he may not be quick enough to defend small forwards.

A league source told the Beacon Journal last week Bennett would be the clear No. 1 pick if he were three inches taller. Turns out, he was tall enough to go No. 1 anyway. 

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