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Magic takes Oladipo No. 2 in NBA draft

The Cavs shake up the draft immediately, taking UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1.

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The Cavs shake up the draft immediately, taking UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1.

NEW YORK — Anthony Bennett became the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, the Magic passed on two big men and at least two trade offers to take Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo at No. 2, and Nerlens Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade in a surprising start to Thursday's NBA draft.

One of the favorites to be taken first, Noel fell to No. 6, where the Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, the Associated Press reported.

The Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor of Bennett, a UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada's junior national teams.

"I'm just as surprised as anyone else," Bennett said after David Stern, booed in his final draft as commissioner, paused before announcing the pick.

Bennett, Noel and Len are coming off injuries, but the Cavs decided Bennett's shoulder wasn't enough cause for concern. Noel was considered a favorite for No. 1 even after a torn ACL ended his lone season at Kentucky.

"I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn't thinking I was the No. 1 pick," Noel said.

Orlando passed on both of the big men and resisted trade offers from the Timberwolves, Thunder and perhaps the Raptors, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said he had no plans to trade the rights to Oladipo.

"It's like a weight vest you took off after running 5 miles," Oladipo said of waiting to hear his name. "It's relaxing, man. But at the same time, you know it's just getting started."

Oladipo posted a 42-inch vertical jump at the combine, one of the highest, but also has a reputation as a tenacious perimeter defender. He was a first-team Associated Press All-American after averaging 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior, leading the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 20 years.

He joins a Magic team that was an NBA-worst 20-62.

"I'm going to come in and help to impact the program in a positive way on both ends of the floor," Oladipo said on ESPN. "I'm going to bring in a work ethic that they've probably never seen before, because I want it that bad."

"We've just really liked what he's about," Hennigan said. "We feel like he plays efficient basketball, which is always a good thing. So we're excited."

The Magic later took Oklahoma power forward Romero Osby with the 21st pick of the second round (51st overall).

National player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan was among the many names called and traded, as the Timberwolves sent his rights to Utah for the 14th and 21st picks.

The Mavericks ended up with Miami guard Shane Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, after a pair of trades to move down and clear salary cap space to make a run at Dwight Howard. The Mavs got Larkin with the 18th pick after drafting Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk at No. 13 for Boston.

Florida forward Erick Murphy was taken by the Bulls with the 19th pick of the second round (49th overall).

Meanwhile, Yahoo reported the Nets and Celtics were working on a trade that would bring veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn.

And ESPN reported Howard was unlikely to return to the Lakers when he becomes a free agent next month.

Magic takes Oladipo No. 2 in NBA draft 06/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:46am]
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