Bennett, Wiggins strut summer stuff as Cavs coast

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, finished with 13 points in the Cavs' summer-league win over the Spurs on Sunday in Las Vegas.


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Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins know each other well, and Cavaliers fans are already getting to see just how well.

The two former No. 1 overall picks both hail from Canada, both possess high ceilings and both are members of the Cavs’ summer team in Las Vegas.

And both are mostly having their way with the competition, exciting the crowds and flashing loads of potential.

That’s great news for the Cavs, and particularly the Cavs’ young guns in Vegas, who cruised to an 82-70 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to improve to 2-0 in summer play.

Bennett, the top pick in 2013, tallied 13 points and a whopping 14 rebounds — and Wiggins, the top pick a few weeks ago, scored 13.

Each player stands 6-foot-8, but their styles of play are quite different.

Bennett is more powerful, capable of muscling his way to baskets near the hoops. But he can also hit jumpers. Wiggins is more slick, a guy who can really run the floor and finish. He can hit jumpers, too.

Each played just one season of college ball (Bennett at UNLV, Wiggins at Kansas). The biggest difference, of course, is Bennett has also played a year of pro ball. Bennett struggled as a rookie, but after shedding weight and entering the summer injury-free, he and the Cavs are excited about his upside.

Bennett is also determined to assist Wiggins.

"I’ve played with him for a long time," Bennett said. "I just want to show him the ropes and tell him no pressure, have fun."

The Cavs also received a major lift from point guard Will Cherry, most recently of their D-League affiliate in Canton. Cherry came off the bench to score 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, on 9-of-14 shooting.

Big man Jack Cooley, who spent last season playing professionally in Turkey, scored 15 points and grabbed five boards.

Former Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas scored 21 to lead the Spurs.

The Cavs return to action Monday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.


CAVS (82) — Andrew Wiggins 3-11 6-8 13; Anthony Bennett 5-8 2-3 13; Jack Cooley 6-9 3-6 15; Joe Harris 2-6 0-0 4; Matthew Dellavedova 1-3 0-0 3; Will Cherry 9-13 0-0 21; Carrick Felix 3-5 1-1 7; Alex Kirk 2-3 2-4 6; Shane Edwards 0-0 0-0 0; J. Granger 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 31-61 14-22 82.

SPURS (70) — Kyle Anderson 1-7 0-0 2; Austin Daye 3-11 2-4 10; Jeff Ayers 1-4 0-0 2; Marcus Denmon 3-8 0-0 8; Bryce Cotton 1-6 1-2 3; Deshaun Thomas 7-16 5-5 21; Darius Morris 3-7 0-0 6; Melvin Ejim 0-1 2-2 2; JaMychel Green 6-11 0-0 12; Vander Blue 0-1 0-0 0; Trey McKinney-Jones 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 25-74 14-17 70.