2020 NBA Draft Odds: LaMelo Ball Taken First In Our Mock Draft
The OddsChecker offices are filled with NBA Draft fever. We've been debating who will be drafted and where, for the last week solid. Rather than use our own opinions we decided to use betting odds to compile the ultimate mock draft for this week's big event.
1. Minnesota - LaMelo Ball
Number 1 overall odds: -165
LaMelo was projected to go third overall by the bookies. That's all changed in the past week though and now he's the favorite to go first overall. We know all about his incredible passing ability but there are still some question marks over his game, especially given his unconvential route to the NBA.
2. Golden State - James Wiseman
Number 2 overall odds: +128
Wiseman to the Warriors just feels right. His 7"6 wingspan makes him the sort of athletic freak who could become a huge two-way player for the Dubs as they seek to bounce back after their worst year in recent memory.
3. Charlotte - Anthony Edwards
Number 3 overall odds: +154
Anthony Edwards was the favorite to go first for months, but has since been leapfrogged by James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball. The Georgia guard would be a great addition to the Hornets. He'll need to improve his shot selection in the pros though.
4. Chicago - Deni Avdija
Number 4 overall odds: +184
After the success of Luca Doncic, the league is now taking Euroleague talent seriously. The Israeli is a playmaker who could add a lot to the Bulls in this spot.
5. Cleveland - Obi Toppin
Over 4.5 odds: -188
Toppin is an athletic freak. He's 220lbs, 6"9 tall and has a wingspan 2 inches bigger. While his size and athleticism help him in some areas, it does hinder him in others. Yes, he's explosive but he could be left with problems when attacked one-on-one with his lack of lateral movement.
6. Atlanta - Onyeka Okongwu
Under 6.5 odds: -192
After years of the league getting smaller it feels like Bigs have started to regain their place in the league's thinking. Anthony Davis was a menace throughout the Finals and although Okongwu isn't that level of prospect he can defend while also being a great finisher and a good post scorer.
7. Detroit - Tyrese Haliburton
Under 7.5 odds: -144
The Iowa sophomore offers the Pistons a lot but his main skill is his playmaking. He's ready to play and could fit straight into their team from day one. He's controlled, smart and has vision that will make him a successful at the pro-level.
8. New York - Patrick Williams
Under 8.5 odds: -122
Williams gives off PJ Tucker vibes. He's good at the rim, a surprisingly good playmaker given his 6"11 frame and could add a versatility to the Knicks offense that they really need.
9. Washington - Isaac Okoro
Under 9.5 odds: -260
If Washington draft Okoro then they're getting a great defender and somebody who can immediately aid them in that department. His off-ball defense is one of his best assets. The questions remain on his offensive ability, which could mark him down from being a great two-way player.
10. Phoenix - Killian Hayes
Over 7.5 odds: -144
If Pheonix selects Killian Hayes at tenth overall then they'll be getting the steal of the draft. The 18-year old Frenchman can shoot from the perimeter, create and use his size to bully small guards. He's young, and still raw, but he could be a huge steal here.
11. San Antonio - Devin Vassell
Under 11.5 odds: -122
Vassell is arguably the most complete defensive player in the draft. Does the Florida State star have enough of an offensive game to ever be great though? It's something that one team will certainly gamble on if they fall in love with his game-breaking ability.
12. Sacramento - Aaron Nesmith
Under 12.5 odds: +104
We know that the Vanderbilt sophomore has a great jump shot but what else does he have? He could well be a top tier role-player if he continues to develop his craft. There are similarities with a young Danny Green and it'll be interesting to see how he could add to his game.
13. New Orleans - Saddiq Bey
Under 14.5 odds: -115
Saddiq Bey is versatile and could offer the Pelicans something which they don't have elsewhere. He's a 3-and-D wing, who roates well and who's communication will aid a young Pelicans team.
14. Boston (from Memphis) - Kira Lewis Jnr
Under 14.5 odds: -128
Rapid speed could be an attractive proposition for Boston and this point guard would give them options. He's good with the pick-and-roll and would be a boost for his teammates.
15. Orlando - RJ Hampton
Under 15.5 odds: -114
RJ Hampton comes to the draft from the New Zealand Breakers and teams will be looking at him as an athlete who could add to the team with hustle and speed. He's raw and will require some work but he could become a valuable piece.