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Cavaliers’ First Pick A Shocker, Until You Realize It’s The Cavaliers

  • Rick Chandler

He didn’t figure to go at No. 1 in most mock drafts, but by all accounts UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett is still a good fit for the Cavaliers. Is the franchise aware of the trade-down option? Apparently not. Anyway, as they used to say on Hollywood Squares, this may work out.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: PF Anthony Bennett, UNLV.

Did not come as welcome news to Nerlens Noel.

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2. Orlando Magic: SG Victor Oladipo, Indiana.

He may not have gone at No. 1, but Oladipo was the coolest pick by showing up wearing Google Glass (below).

3. Washington Wizards: SF Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown.

The Wizards moved up in the draft lottery and got a good fit to play with John Wall and Bradley Beal. I like it.

4. Charlotte Bobcats: C Cody Zeller, Indiana.

The knock on Zellar is his toughness. If he had played for Bobby Knight, would he have been drafted No. 1? From Ryan Phillips of Midwest Sports Fans: “2013 marked the first time IU has had two picks among the first four in the NBA Draft and the sixth time that IU has had two players drafted in the first round (2013, 2008, 1993, 1981, 1976).

5. Phoenix Suns: C Alex Len, Maryland

Ukraine not weak!

6. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans Pelicans): C Nerlens Noel, Kentucky.

7. Sacramento Kings: SG Ben McLemore, Kansas.

8. Detroit Pistons SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia.

9. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota Timberwolves): PG Trey Burke, Michigan.

10. Portland Trail Blazers: SG C.J. McCollum, Lehigh.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: PG Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: C Steven Adams, Pittsburgh.

13. Dallas Mavericks: C Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga.

Olynyk and Nowitzki on the same team just seems perfect somehow.

14. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz): SF Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece.

This may not be the strongest group of rookies in NBA history, but it’s the toughest to spell.

16. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics): C Lucas Nogueira, Brazil.

17. Atlanta Hawks: PG Dennis Schroeder, Germany.

Three straight foreign players!

18. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta Hawks): PG Shane Larkin, Miami (Fla.).

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: SF Sergey Karasev, Russia.

20. Chicago Bulls: SG Tony Snell, New Mexico.

21. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz): C Gorgui Dieng, Louisville.

22. Brooklyn Nets: C Mason Plumlee, Duke.

23. Indiana Pacers: SF Solomon Hill, Arizona.

24. New York Knicks: SG Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan.

25. Los Angeles Clippers: SF Reggie Bullock, North Carolina.

Ha.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves): SF Andre Roberson, Colorado.

27. Denver Nuggets: C Rudy Gobert, France.

28. San Antonio Spurs: SF Livio Jean-Charles, French Guiana.

29. Phoenix Suns (via Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder): SG Archie Goodwin, Kentucky.

30. Golden State Warriors (via Phoenix Suns): G Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia.

Top photo: Reuters.

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