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Anthony Bennett selected No. 1 by Cavaliers in NBA draft

Anthony Bennett averaged 15.8 points and 8 rebounds in 34 games at UNLV last season. (Greg Nelson/SI)

Anthony Bennett

The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Bennett and how he fits with Cleveland:

Bio: UNLV | Freshman | Power Forward

Vitals: 6-7, 239 pounds

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2012-13 Statistics: 15.8 points, 8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 52.6 percent shooting in 34 games.

Strengths: Bennett showed versatility in playing out of position as a center for part of his freshman season at UNLV. At his best, though, Bennett views himself as a stretch power forward because of his ability as a ball handler and perimeter shooter (he hit 36-of-96, or 37.5 percent, from three-point range last season). He's also a capable finisher in transition and a quality rebounder. With his ball skills at his size, Bennett can create mismatches for defenses.

Weaknesses: Is he a small forward or power forward? Which position will he be able to guard in the NBA? Bennett is undersized as a power forward and could struggle to keep up with small forwards. A better post-up game would help round out his offensive game. Bennett missed pre-draft workouts and will be unavailable for summer league after having rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder in early May, but he's expected to be ready for next season. As for his asthma, Bennett downplayed concerns: "It's not a big deal. It's not like I'm the first one in the NBA to have it. It's just something I've got to take care of."

What Scouts Say: "He got soft as the year went on. Why? His desire to play defense is another question. He's a good athlete but not a great one. He's going to be a better player in the pros than he was in college, because when he was in college he played with selfish teammates."

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