Bennett first Canadian-born player taken No. 1 overall in NBA draftCleveland Cavaliers make surprise selection in six-foot-eight UNLV forward
During his first and only season with the Runnin' Rebels, Bennett racked up 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.
Those totals were enough for the 20-year-old Ontario native to become the first Canadian-born player to be selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft and join Larry Johnson as the only UNLV players to be taken with the top overall pick.
And, it also earned him another fun surprise: A photo with the outgoing commissioner and one of the greatest players in NBA history.
After commissioner David Stern announced the final draft selection of his tenure, current deputy commissioner and heir to the throne Adam Silver surprised his outgoing boss by bringing back the first man Stern ever announced, former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon, who was taken No. 1 overall in the 1984 draft. Bennett then came back out, and the past, present and future of the league joined together for a ceremonial photo.
Once the 2013-14 season begins, the Cavaliers will add Bennett to a squad full of recent lottery picks, a group that includes former No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving, Bennett's countryman Tristan Thompson and 2012 No. 4 overall choice Dion Waiters.