Perhaps not since the Los Angeles Clippers used the No. 1 selection in the 1998 NBA draft on Pacific center Michael Olowokandi has there been a top pick who has flown under the radar more than Anthony Bennett.

The Cavaliers shocked the experts June 27 when they selected the UNLV power forward. Very few people saw that coming.
There are very few expectations being placed on his broad shoulders. Normally the No. 1 pick comes to a team that needs him to produce right away.

“I’m cool with it” Bennett said. “I’m chillin’.”
Cavs coach Mike Brown said the lack of pressure will benefit both the rookie and the organization.

“It’s a terrific situation for not only Bennett but for us” he said. “He can come along slowly and if he blossoms early it’s a bonus for everybody.

“We don’t have to rely on a teenager because of the depth we have.”
Unbeknownst to Brown Bennett turned 20 years old on March 3. The veteran coach said he’s keeping a close eye on Bennett.
“Yesterday I felt he was in a fog running in 15 inches of mud” he said. “It’s down to nine inches of mud now.”

The 6-foot-8 Bennett has been drafted by a team well-fortified at the power forward position.

Tristan Thompson is the incumbent starter at the “4” spot. Anderson Varejao might start at center until Andrew Bynum is ready. But Varejao will log some minutes at power forward.

The 6-10 Earl Clark will be given every opportunity to start at small forward but he can also play power forward. Don’t forget Tyler Zeller who is more of a natural center but could also give the team minutes at “4.”