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.
For full odds, see DraftKings Sportsbook.
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NBA First Overall Pick Draft Odds Movement
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— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 27, 2020
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.
|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|
|15 Tied With||2|
Franchises with Most Number One Overall Picks
|Franchise||Number of First Overall Picks|
|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
The Houston Rockets have officially announced they’ve waived Anthony Bennett.
Bennett, the No. 1 pick in 2013, has signed with five NBA teams and five G League teams.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) October 10, 2019
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
“I don’t really think about the word ‘bust’ no more. All I know is I had bad knees, I had injuries, I wasn’t able to play. If it’s a bust, it’s a bust.”
— Stadium (@Stadium) March 3, 2020
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.
2 YEARS AGO TODAY
Markelle Fultz became the first 19-year-old in NBA history with a triple-double! And it only took him 25 minutes off the bench to do it.
Fultz: 19, 317 days
Luka: 19, 327 days
Luka: 19, 333 days
Luka: 19, 343 days
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 11, 2020
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.