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2013 NBA Draft: Cavs pass on Noel, select Bennett with No. 1 overall pick

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UNLV's Anthony Bennett waves after being selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in theNBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) UNLV's Anthony Bennett waves after being selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in theNBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Cleveland Cavaliers stunned everyone when they selected UNLV's Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Wednesday night.

Leading up to the draft, a majority of experts had pegged Kentucky center Nerlens Noel as the first pick, but for the third consecutive year, owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Chris Grant made a surprise first-round selection by taking Bennett, who became the 5th No. 1 overall pick in team history.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds for UNLV last season.

Both players Cleveland passed over -- Noel and Maryland's Alex Len -- are in the midst of rehabilitating injuries.

Before sustaining a season-ending injury to his left knee in February, the 6-foot-10 Noel led the country in blocks and his per game average of 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds earned him a spot on the SEC's all-conference first team.

After losing out on the top spot in the draft, Noel slipped all the way to No. 6 when the Charlotte Pelicans drafted him before trading him away to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans, who already have a former Wildcat center on the roster in Anthony Davis, received point guard Jrue Holiday and a protected first-round pick in the 2014 draft for the rights to Noel.

A cameraman grimaces after a collision with Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Len, a 7-foot-1 Ukranian center who just turned 20, continues to recover from a stress fracture in his foot. He was later drafted 5th overall by the Phoenix Suns.

Photos are courtesy of the Associated Press.

2013 NBA Draft

First Round Results

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

2. Orlando Magic

Victor Olidapo, SG, Indiana

3. Washington Wizards

Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte Bobcast

Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana

5. Phoenix Suns

Alex Len, C, Maryland

6. Charlotte Pelicans

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

Traded to 76ers

7. Sacramento Kings

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

8. Detroit Pistons

 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

Traded to Utah

10. Portland Trail Blazers

C.J. McCollum, PG, LeHigh

11. Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

12. Oklahoma City Thunder

Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

13. Dallas Mavericks

Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

Traded to Boston

14. Utah Jazz

Shabazz Muhammad, F, UCLA

Traded to Minnesota

15. Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Atntetokounmpo, SF, Greece1

16. Boston Celtics

Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

Traded to Dallas

17. Atlanta Hawks

Dennis Schroeder, G, Germany

18. Atlanta Hawks

Shane Larkin, G, Miami

19. Cleveland Cavaliers

Sergey Karasev, G, Russia

20. Chicago Bulls

Tony Snell, F, New Mexico

21. Utah Jazz

Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

22. Brooklyn Nets

Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

23. Indiana Pacers

Solomon Hill, F, Arizona

24. New York Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr., G, Michigan

25. Los Angeles Clippers

Reggie Bullock, G, North Carolina

26. Minnesota Timberwolves

Andre Roberson, F, Colorado

27. Denver Nuggets

Rudy Gobert, F, France

28. San Antonio Spurs

Livio Jean-Charles, F, French Guiana

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

Archie Goodwin, G, Kentucky

30. Phoenix Suns

Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia

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