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

      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