Does Anthony Bennett deserve to be the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft? That’s what some Twitter users were wondering Thursday night after he became the first Candian to be a No. 1 pick. Surprisingly, Nerlens Noel wasn’t even in the top five, ESPN reported.
The Cleveland Cavaliers chose the 20-year-old Bennett, who was just as stunned as some of the Twitter users. "I'm just as surprised as anyone else," the news site quoted Bennett as saying.
"Bennett is a big-time scoring prospect, but doesn't exactly have the cachet of someone you'd expect taken with the top pick," NBA writer Zach Harper told CBSSports.com. "Bennett has a really good face-up game with range out to the 3-point line."
The draft started out with the Cavs passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who wound up going to Phoenix, ESPN.com wrote. But the Cavs weren’t the only ones who passed on the suspected top picks; Orlando chose Victor Oladipo, who was a No. 2 pick, and Washington grabbed Otto Porter Jr. as a third pick.
Twitter had mixed reviews about Bennett being a No. 1 overall pick, but the social media site that's notorious for giving space to bullying showcased a surprising abundance of congratulatory messages:
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Wowwwww who expected that? I didn't but congrats to Anthony Bennett
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 27, 2013
No one predicted Anthony Bennett will go first... Lets be real
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) June 27, 2013
Anthony Bennett going No. 1 to Cavs. Apparently, Canadian basketball is on the rise #ShaneCenter
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 27, 2013
Who the hell is Anthony Bennett?
— Adam Herman (@Herman_NYRBlog) June 27, 2013
I'm still shocked Anthony Bennett went first
— #GetMeDoe (@ABM_Kidd) June 28, 2013
Anthony Bennett????? They just let anybody in the nba........
— #Moses (@FerrariYoung_) June 28, 2013
I didn't see enough of Anthony Bennett, but what I did see didn't scream No. 1 overall. Bizarre pick.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 27, 2013
Bennett took to his own Twitter account Thursday night to share a few thoughts of his own:
— Anthony Bennett (@AnthonyBennett) June 28, 2013