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06/27/2013 07:48 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2013

Anthony Bennett Goes No. 1 In 2013 NBA Draft To Cleveland Cavaliers

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27:  NBA Commissioner David Stern (C) poses with the 2013 NBA Draft Class including Nerlens Noel of Kentu
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: NBA Commissioner David Stern (C) poses with the 2013 NBA Draft Class including Nerlens Noel of Kentucky, Victor Oladipo of Indiana, Otto Porter of Georgetown, Alex Len of Maryland, Ben McLemore of Kansas, Trey Burke of Michigan, Anthony Bennett of UNLV and MIchael Carter-Williams of Syracuse during the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Bourough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick Thursday night, making him the first Canadian to be the top choice and getting the NBA draft off to a surprising start.

The Cavaliers passed on big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor of the forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference player of the year.

There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men.

David Stern, booed heavily in his final draft as commissioner, added to the surprise of the moment by pausing slightly before announcing the Cavs' pick, their first at No. 1 since taking All-Star Kyrie Irving in 2011.

Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star local.

Ten years after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James to start a draft that would include his future NBA championship teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the top five, this one lacked the star power and perhaps even the promise of stardom.

Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn't even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett's shoulder surgery wasn't enough cause for concern.

It was a good start to the night for the Hoosiers, with Cody Zeller going two places after Oladipo to the Charlotte Bobcats.

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