5. Anthony Bennett
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Another first round pick that no one predicted beforehand was UNLV’s Anthony Bennett. After the LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, many wondered how the franchise would recover. The first part of the rebuilding process was selecting Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Then, in 2013, the ping pong balls fell the Cavaliers way again. But who would they take number one?
In what turned out to not be a very deep draft, the Cavaliers stunned the basketball world by taking Bennett with the first pick. He never stood out at UNLV, but the Cavaliers felt comfortable enough taking him instead of another small guard, Victor Oladipo. There were concerns Oladipo and Irving were similar players, so the Cavaliers wanted a big man, and Nerlens Noel was coming off an injury. Bennett never lived up to the top pick and was soon gone from the Cavaliers roster.