[caption id="attachment_17003" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Jerry Lai / USA Today[/caption] The first biggest surprise on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft was the Cavaliers' first overall selection of UNLV's Anthony Bennett. The 6'8" 240 lbs forward was previously predicted to go somewhere between the third and sixth overall selection. Not number one. But the Cavaliers made the pick, and upon reflection it's not as bad a selection as some would have you believe, it's just not the blockbuster sure-thing we're used to seeing with the first overall selection. To understand it, we have to address why they decided not to draft Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. The only legitimate explanation for his fall to the sixth overall selection is to do with his continued recovery from an ACL tear suffered in February this year. It's very unlikely Noel will play at all this year, but he could make it back on the court in December and finish out the season. ACL tears can take anywhere between nine and 12 months to recover from. It's hard to fault a team for being scared to draft somebody who only recently tore their ACL. While all of the top five teams are essentially rebuilding and have the time to wait for him to get back on the court it's not just a year's worth of game time he is missing out on, it's a year's worth of development time too. It wouldn't be outlandish to suggest that teams would essentially be drafting Noel for the 2014-15 season. It should also be noted that at this point the Cavaliers were not sold on any one prospect going into the draft. So much so they tried to trade the first overall pick away up until the final moment. This isn't to say they relented in picking Bennett, or panicked with the selection, he was clearly on the top of their board. The Cavaliers picked him because they loved what they saw him do on offence. He has terrific upper body strength, can explode when attacking the rim and is also a more than capable rebounder. Make no mistake Cleveland chose a weapon on offence with their first overall selection. Saddled with one of the best point guards in the league, having Bennett means the Cavaliers will be very difficult to stop on offence. Of course, there is a major weakness to his game as well. Throughout his college career Bennett has appeared either disinterested or simply ineffective on defense. A word that seems to get thrown about a lot is 'lazy'. For all his drive and excitement on the offensive side of the ball he struggles to make an impact defensively. Certainly, the Cavaliers need help on defense too, they allowed 101.2 points per game last season, ranking them 25th in the league. The selection of Bennett did not address the team's greatest need. Their second selection this draft, forward Sergey Karasev, is also a shooter first, so the Cavs seemed largely disinterested in drafting a defensive weapon this year (they did pick Carrick Felix, a defensive prospect, with their 33rd overall selection). Fans shouldn't have a problem with Cleveland's drafting of Bennett so long as they genuinely believed he was the best player available, and this seems to be the case. "A lot of times, like last year, it's just clear cut. But for us, through the year, we always had him very high in our rankings and as we went back and reviewed the film and went on campus and visited everybody, we came away saying he's a great kid. He's willing to work and do the right things and he's got a bunch of talent," said Cavs general manager Chris Grant after the draft. The Cavaliers believe he'll be a good fit with Kyrie Irving and think he'll help them take their offence to the next level. The final wrinkle that many have is his shoulder injury and subsequent weight gain. Both have largely been blown out of proportion. Bennett, unlike Noel, will be ready for training camp and the season proper. He'll have plenty of time to lose that excess weight. Bennett will make an immediate impact come September, and Cavs fans should be excited in what they'll get from the Canadian. In a draft that was lacking an elite-level prospect it's understandable that fans might feel like their team didn't get the biggest bang for their buck, but there was arguably five other players who could have just as easily been taken first overall, talent wise. There's no LeBron James, no Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis in this draft. But there's plenty of solid players who'll provide a spark for a struggling team. That's what the Cavaliers got in Anthony Bennett.