YES Network.com

Bennett first Canadian-born player taken No. 1 overall in NBA draft

Cleveland Cavaliers make surprise selection in six-foot-eight UNLV forward
06/28/2013 12:01 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

The Cavaliers made Anthony Bennett the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.(AP)
With no true "standout" consensus pick out there, analysts and fans alike have been eager to see who would go No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA draft since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery May 21. Thursday night, everyone got their answer, with the selection of 6-foot-8 UNLV forward Anthony Bennett shocking the basketball world -- including the newest Cav himself. "I'm just as surprised as anyone else," Bennett said at the draft.

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.

Follow YES Network on Twitter @YESNetwork for more.
YESNetwork.com comments