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1st Overall Pick – NBA Draft 2020
- Anthony Edwards (-110)
- James Wiseman (+175)
- LaMelo Ball (+250)
- Obi Toppin (+1000)
- Deni Avdija (+1500)
- Killian Hayes (+1500)
- RJ Hampton (+2000)
- Onyeka Okongwu (+3000)
- Issac Okoro (+4000)
- Cole Anthony (+5000)
- Tyrese Maxey (+5000)
- Tyrese Haliburton (+5000)
My 5 Favorites
So far we have covered some favorites and dark horses to win the NBA Finals and each of the respective conferences. Now, it’s time to provide some content for fans who may already be looking forward to the NBA Draft.
DraftKings Sportsbook currently has odds for 37 different players to potentially be the first overall pick. Only 12 of them have odds worthy of highlighting (+5000 or shorter). Yes, this draft is more open than last year’s edition, which explains the vast player pool here, but no draft is completely wide open. Here are my top 5 bets to have their name called first on draft night.
Anthony Edwards (-110): In my opinion, Edwards is a lock right now to go No. 1. He’s one of the lone players in this draft that shows flashes of superstar potential. He’s a freak athlete, built like a running back, and can hit every shot from the floor. Think of Victor Oladipo or Donovan Mitchell. The only reason why he isn’t a bigger lock is that he was rarely in the national spotlight playing at Georgia. I’m sure that if he played at Duke we’d see a lot shorter odds. But, for now, I’m happily taking Edwards at -110.
LaMelo Ball (+250) We’re all familiar with the name LaMelo Ball, but if you still picture him as the blonde mohawk kid from the Chino Hills team or his family’s reality show, I strongly suggest you reconsider. LaMelo is a lot more than just his name. He’s a legit baller who has NBA superstar potential. He’s grown into a 6-foot-8 frame and possesses elite point guard skills such as excellent passing, high basketball IQ and solid finishing. I see flashes of his brother Lonzo and Jason Williams (but a better shooter). LaMelo is a unique prospect, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a team becomes enamored with his potential.
Onyeka Okongwu (+3000) What if I told you that the top big man in this year’s draft wasn’t last years No. 1 high school recruit James Wiseman? Instead, it’s the former USC Trojan and often forgotten Chino Hills teammate of the Ball brothers, Onyeka Okongwu. Talent-wise, you can still argue Wiseman is better, but I think Okongwu’s game translates better to the pros. He’s a fantastic athlete, rebounder and rim protector, and can handle the ball pretty well for a center. I see a hint of Montrezl Harrell and Bam Adebayo in his game. If the No. 1 pick turns into a big man pick’em, why not go with the more rewarding odds of Okongwu?
Obi Toppin (+1000) The reigning National College Player of the Year comes in fourth on my list. Toppin was arguably the most talked-about college player this past year after a breakout sophomore season in which he led his Dayton squad to a 29-2 record. I see a lot of Amare Stoudemire in his game. Toppin can jump out of the gym, run the floor, finish tough in the paint and is a decent shooter. He doesn’t have the flashy potential that the above players possess, but he may be the most pro-ready prospect, coming from a pro-style system in Dayton. Teams like the Cavs, Timberwolves and Warriors may be looking for a plug-and-play wing rather than a developmental guard. If one of those teams lands the first pick, Toppin will be someone to consider.
James Wiseman (+175) I have Wiseman fifth on my list because I’m not a big fan of his +175 odds. I’m actually a very high believer that he can be drafted first, but I’ve also seen scouts have him fall outside of the top 5. That type of volatility is risky. Nonetheless, Wiseman is still an elite prospect. He’s your traditional center with prototypical size, an elite rim protector and rebounder, and can score off the pick-and-roll. He reminds me of a prime DeAndre Jordan. Wiseman is fifth on my list for right now, but come draft time he could be the lock for No. 1. We simply don’t know what’s going to happen with him.
All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests.
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