NBA Draft Odds 2020: First Pick Betting Lines & NBA Draft Information

The NBA Draft has been a very popular event in recent years, and with the new legislation in many states allowing for legal sports betting, there will be more and more betting on the NBA Draft going forward. As we all know, the 2020 college basketball season ended early due to the coronavirus concerns. It will be interesting to see how that will impact the top NBA prospect’s draft position.

Here is a look at the betting odds for who will be the first overall pick in the next NBA Draft.


NBA Draft First Overall Pick Odds 2020

Here is a look at the top favorites in terms of odds to be selected first overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. Anthony Edwards was favored to go number one for quite some, then Lamelo Ball become the favorite. Now, let’s take a look the day of the NBA Draft.

Player Odds
Anthony Edwards -195
LaMelo Ball +140
James Wiseman +700
Obi Tobbin +10000
Deni Avdija +20000
Killian Hayes +30000
Cole Anthony +50000
RJ Hampton +50000

For full odds, see DraftKings Sportsbook.


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NBA First Overall Pick Draft Odds Movement

Before the NBA playoffs, James Wiseman’s odds fell a tad to +200, and Anthony Edwards is the odds-on favorite at -118 to be the first overall pick. Here is some notable movement:

  • Anthony Edwards (+100 to -118 to -185)
  • James Wiseman (+185 to +200 to +700)
  • LaMelo Ball (+300 to +450 to -200 to +140)
  • Deni Avdija (+500) to +2000 to +20000)
  • Onyeke Okongwu (+2200 to +1500 to +50000)


LaMelo Ball First Overall Pick Odds

Can LaMelo Ball be the next number one overall pick in the NBA? Currently on DraftKings Sportsbook he is +140 to be selected first overall, which are the second-best odds behind Anthony Edwards. Ball of course has been playing in the National Basketball League in New Zealand, and is just 18 years old. Ball and his family have been in the spotlight for years, ever since the saga of Lonzo Ball and LaVar, who is the father of the three talented Ball brothers. From the Big Baller Brand to playing for many high schools and now in New Zealand, LaMelo Ball has been well-known for nearly everything but his basketball talent. Luckily for him, he has that going for him as well as he averages 17 points, seven assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game in New Zealand.


NBA Draft History

A look at the NBA Draft’s history, including first overall picks by year, most first overall picks, and more.

First Overall Pick By Year

Every first overall pick since 2000, data from Basketball Reference.

Draft Year Franchise Player School
2019 New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson Duke
2018 Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton Arizona
2017 Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz Washington
2016 Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons LSU
2015 Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Kansas
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Bennett UNLV
2012 New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis Kentucky
2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Duke
2010 Washington Wizards John Wall Kentucky
2009 Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin Oklahoma
2008 Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose Memphis
2007 Portland Trail Blazers Greg Oden Ohio State
2006 Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani High School
2005 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut Utah
2004 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard High School
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James High School
2002 Houston Rockets Yao Ming High School
2001 Washington Wizards Kwame Brown High School
2000 New Jersey Nets Kenyon Martin Cincinnati

Colleges with Most Number One Overall Picks

College Number of First Overall Picks
Duke 4
Kentucky 3
15 Tied With 2


Franchises with Most Number One Overall Picks

Franchise Number of First Overall Picks
Cleveland Cavaliers 6
Washington Wizards/Baltimore Bullets 5
Blazers, Sixers, Knicks Tied with four


Biggest NBA Draft Busts

A look at some recent number one overall draft picks that are seen as “busts”.

Anthony Bennett, UNLV

In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett from UNLV. This pick surprised basically everyone in the basketball community, as Victor Oladipo, Nerlens Noel, and other players were expected to go over him. Bennett only “played” four years in the NBA and scored a total of 658 points. In 151 NBA games, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected first overall the following year.

Greg Oden, Ohio State

With the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected center Greg Oden from Ohio State to be their big man of the future. Unfortunately, Oden could never overcome his injuries and played just 105 NBA games. The pick directly after Oden? Kevin Durant.

Markelle Fultz, Washington

While Fultz may not be a “bust” in the sense of others on this list, he may turn out to be one of the most bizarre NBA Draft stories in the history of basketball. Markelle Fultz was a can’t-miss guard prospect from Washington who could do it all. He could shoot, get to the basket, facilitate, play top-tier perimeter defense, and was one of the better athletes in college basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers traded to the top overall spot to select him to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to create a monster three-star lineup. Then the amazing happened. Fultz had physical problems with his shoulder that may or may not have caused mental problems with his ability to shoot the basketball. The full story has never been confirmed, but Fultz has yet to become a shell of what he was at Washington and was traded to the Orlando Magic after just 33 games as a Sixer. He is not a “full” bust in the sense of the word, as Fultz averaged 12 points, three rebounds, and five assists in his first season with the Magic. Also, he did notch a triple-double, at least.


NBA Draft First Overall Frequently Asked Questions


Who was the first overall pick last year?

Zion Williamson from Duke University was the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, by the New Orleans Pelicans.


Who will be drafted first overall this year?

The first overall pick in the NBA Draft this year will likely be either Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, Deni Avdija, or Obi Toppin.


Was LeBron James a first overall pick?

Yes. In the 2003 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James first overall out of high school.


Did Michael Jordan get drafted first overall?

No. Michael Jordan was drafted third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft. Hakeem Olajuwon from Houston was selected first, and Sam Bowie from Kentucky was selected ahead of Jordan.


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