With the top pick in the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the chance to add to their developing young team with the nation’s top basketball talent. However, they didn’t pick one of the sure-fire number one players in the draft, the guy who was the top player in college, or anyone you might expect. Instead, Cleveland picked the surprising Anthony Bennett from UNLV with the #1 pick. That wasn’t the end to the surprises, either; here’s the first round breakdown of the first round of the 2013 draft. Here’s the second round.
The winner last night was probably Indiana University, who sent not one but two players in the top five. Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo went second to the Orlando Magic, while center Cody Zeller went fourth to the Charlotte Bobcats. Between them, Georgetown star Otto Porter stayed at home, going to the Washington Wizards. Rounding out the top five was giant Ukrainian center Alex Len, formerly of Maryland and now of the Phoenix Suns.
So what of the former projected number one pick? Nerlens Noel, who thrilled fans at the University of Kentucky before injuring his knee, slipped to sixth and the New Orleans Pelicans, but he’s also one of a ton of draft day trades expected to go through July 10.
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