Burke Chosen Ninth Overall
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft.
The Columbus (Northland H.S.) product was then traded to Utah for the 14th and 21st overall picks in the first round of the NBA draft.
Pushing the drama until the last minute, the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned experts and their fans by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.
It was the third straight year the Cavs made a surprise pick in the first round. Two years ago, they took forward Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick - after taking Kyrie Irving first - and selected guard Dion Waiters in the same spot a year ago. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds for UNLV.
The Cavs have been listening to trade offers for the pick since winning the lottery on May 21. Cleveland passed on centers Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, who are both recovering from injuries to take Bennett.
Bennett is the fifth No. 1 pick in Cavs history.
Later Cleveland selected Russian guard Sergey Karasev with the No. 19 overall pick in the NBA draft.
The Cavs had been targeting Karasev for some time and thought they might have to trade up to get the 19-year-old, who played on the Russian Olympic team last summer at the London Games. A left-handed shooter, the 6-foot-8 Karasev averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for BC Triumph.
It is believed Karasev intends to come to the U.S. and play this season.
The Cavaliers selected Arizona State guard Carrick Felix with the No. 33 overall pick in the NBA draft.
The Cavs used their fourth pick and second in the second round on Felix, who averaged 14.6 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds last season for the Sun Devils. The 6-foot-6 Felix is considered a very good defender, which may have attracted Cavs coach Mike Brown to him.
Felix scored in double figures in 28 of 35 games last season. He recorded a career-high 18 rebounds in a game against UCLA.
Two picks before taking Felix, the Cavs took California guard Allen Crabbe, but the team traded Crabbe to Portland for two future second-round draft picks.