Cavs’ Mike Brown wants UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1

If Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach Mike Brown was also serving as general manager, it appears that UNLV forward Anthony Bennett would be his selection with the first-overall pick in the impending 2013 NBA Draft.

ESPN’s Chad Ford, in a theory-based piece regarding the Cavs and the No. 1 pick, says that Brown is a big fan of the offensively gifted athlete from the Running Rebels.

“Head coach Mike Brown is pushing for Bennett,” writes Ford. “Brown’s son, Elijah, was recruited by UNLV last year (but ultimately signed with Butler) and Brown made visits with his son to watch the Running Rebels play. Brown fell in love with Bennett and wants to coach him. He has support in the Cavs’ front office, because Bennett might be the most offensively talented player of the top six in the draft and would add scoring punch to the Cavs’ offensively challenged frontcourt.”

While Bennett—6-foot-8, 240 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan and high-end leaping ability—is supremely gifted on the offensive side of the ball, the knock on him is that he is undersized and tends to get lost on defense. An explosive leaper who can also hit the mid-range shot, Bennett could easily wind up as the best player to come out of this draft. His fit with the Cavaliers, however, remains a huge question. Brown’s preference for the player undoubtedly raises an eyebrow given his position and profile1.

[Related: Cavalier NBA Draft Film Room: Anthony Bennett]

  1. He also hails from Brampton, Ontario, the same town as Tristan Thompson []

  • scott

    Yesterday, Chad Ford’s “logical” argument for Noel made a lot of sense…but now that he’s expanded his column to link ALL the top-6 players to the Cavs, the piece feels a bit forced. IMO The Bennett connection (and I may be proved 100% wrong tomorrow night at 7) feels more like a local radio callers opinion than a supposed experts.

  • The_Real_Shamrock


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh I missed that this is a “theory-based piece regarding the Cavs and the No. 1 pick” excuse me.

    If this were true and I was Grant I’d say, “Listen Mike I got you your job back now let me do mine.”

  • mgbode

    I could see Bennett becoming the best player in this draft. But, man, it’s a risky path to get there.

  • JHop

    At this point you’d think ESPN would’ve brought in M Night Shyamalan by now to try and predict how the Cavs’ draft is going to end.

  • JHop

    I’m sure at this point in the process ESPN’s just trying to make Chad Ford chuck out as many articles as possible, regardless of the quality of the content.

  • RGB

    Assuming the alleged trade with the 2014 #1 New Orleans draft pick is unprotected, this doesn’t sound too bad.

  • Harv 21

    excellent, haven’t had a baseless rumor in, what is it, 47 minutes or so.

    Whatever Mikey wants, Mikey gets. Or wait, maybe read this wrong, maybe it’s only “theory” that Mikey fell in love and the pushing commenced [that sounds a little wrong].

    Who knows … Who cares? Drink up, ye thirsty ones, This is our NBA Finals.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    First Nick Gilbert now Elijah Brown blame the kids!

  • MrCleaveland

    This smells like a classic misdirection float.

    If Brown really wanted Bennett, why on earth would he say so? Answer: He wouldn’t.

    No sale, Mr. Ford.

  • mgbode

    but, what if Brown merely put the rumor out there because he does want Bennett and knows that if he says it today noone will believe him and thus Bennett will fall to us at the #6 selection after we trade with the Pelicans.

    hmmm, this clip feels apt on days like today:


  • Chucky Brown

    From what I understand, 240lbs was a couple of gyros ago for Mr. Bennett

  • Harv 21

    Absolutely. Forget Grant’s buttondownness. “Get Wally Shawn here NOW. Whatever it takes.” Wait til he gets going.

  • MrCleaveland

    mg, that is truly diabolical.

    I am not worthy.

    But what if . . .

  • mgbode

    just so you know, I’m not really left-handed.

  • Lee Nicholas

    Spoiler Alert:

    The Cavs are going to draft Robert Griffin III in a surprise twist.

  • F_ing_genuis1000

    Doubt this is true but maybe, because I have been hearing that Mike Brown is in love with Earl Clark, from his Laker’s days. There is no way in hell the Cavs overpay Earl Clark in free agency and I know CG has to have let Mike Brown know that. Maybe this is a consolation prize as a younger stretch four with okay but not great range and plays no defense.

    I love the Cavs but if Bennett is the reason MGK, Nick and Dan Gilbert were screaming lottery selection night then I;m boycotting this season.

  • Womp

    now don’t all you naysayers feel silly?? and with the first pick…..

  • co811809

    we’ll see ya the season after next. Thanks for comin out