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Cleveland Cavaliers 2013 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Additions: Anthony Bennett (1)

Sergey Karasev (19)

Carrick Felix (33)

(Sports Network) - With the first pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers took Anthony Bennett from UNLV.

I'd have been less surprised if they drafted Tony Bennett himself.

After six weeks of keeping their mouths wired shut, and trying to trade the pick to anyone in the NBA, they landed on a tweener forward who has bucket loads of potential.

Give the Cavs this, they went for whom they believed to be the most talented player in the draft. Bennett has huge upside, which means he could be great, but there's as good a chance he fizzles.

He should play the big forward spot, which means a time share with Tristan Thompson, who is pretty young to be getting semi-demoted. Will Bennett be the best player in the draft? Maybe, but at No. 1, he's still a little bit of a stretch for me.

Getting the No. 1 pick in the draft doesn't happen every year. Well, it does for Cleveland apparently. The Cavs have selected first in two of the last three drafts.

And don't be confused, Bennett won't be Kyrie Irving. But Cleveland is building something with Irving at the helm. He could run pick and roll with Bennett and if Bennett is as explosive as he seems, that could be a bread and butter play for years.

Sergey Karasev, a Russian wing man, taken 19th, was a fantastic pick. He's an above-average shooter with great basketball instincts. Karasev should be the small forward they coveted.

Just can't let go of the notion that there will be better players than Bennett.

Grade: B

06/28 12:56:12 ET