NBA Draft: 3 NBA Player Draft Position Props
The 2020 NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday night. The draft is always a thrilling event, and this year promises to be no different.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the number-one overall pick for the second time in franchise history, and FanDuel Sportsbook is offering betting odds on who will go first overall. The overwhelming favorites are Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball -- both of whom are listed at -110 to be the top pick. No one else has better odds than +600, with James Wiseman sitting at that number.
Outside of the top three, there are plenty of other options to bet on, though, including players' draft positions, which will be the focus in this article. Good luck and enjoy the draft; I'm sure it's going to be just as action-packed as the last few.
Cole Anthony, Under 20.5 (+112)
Anthony is one of my favorite prospects and is headed to a new team with a chip on his shoulder. Anthony committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels as the No. 2 ranked player in the country, but his draft stock declined with a 14-19 team record in his only season. Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 34.9 minutes over 22 games with the Tar Heels.
He's an exciting and dynamic point guard with good size at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Anthony was the primary scorer for UNC, posting double-digit scoring in 19-of-22 games on 38% from the field and 38.4% from deep. Anthony is one of the more underrated shooters in this draft as he attempted 53.1% of his triples unassisted and 40.9% of his shots from beyond the arc overall, per Hoop--Math. In 13-of-19 games, Anthony attempted seven or more three-pointers as a freshman and made three or more in eight contests.
I love his physical, fast, and athletic ability on the fast break to run a second-unit and be one of the primary scorers. His game is similar to former Tar Heel and now Chicago Bull, Coby White. White may have a better shot, but Anthony's game can develop like White's but be better around the rim. Anthony made 53.6% of his shots in the paint this past season but only had 20% of shot selection come around the rim. He posted nine 20-point games at UNC and could be an asset to any team's bench as a combo guard with his scoring ability, not just as a point guard.
Anthony's assist-to-turnover ratio suffered as a result of the team's success and playing from behind. Anthony finished his only season with 4.0 assists to 3.5 turnovers, which could be his biggest knock when finding a suitor. I believe Anthony's talent alone is worth a top-20 pick, and teams that have multiple selections will consider him as a steal once the lottery ends. Some possible suitors for Anthony are the Wizards (9th), Celtics (14th), Magic (15th), Blazers (16th), Timberwolves (17th), and the 76ers (21st).
Tyrese Maxey, Under 16.5 (-110)
Maxey is one of the latest first-round picks to come out of John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcat program. Maxey is a stud, plain and simple. He started 28-of-31 games for Kentucky, averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists to 2.2 turnovers per game. The 6-foot-3 point guard had six 20-point games, six games of 5 or more assists, and 15 games of 5 or more rebounds. Maxy is an all-around athlete, and at 195 pounds, he has an average frame for the league. However, one favorable aspect of Maxey's size is his 6-foot-7.75 wingspan.
At Kentucky, he attempted 31.1% of his field goals at the rim -- a literal driving force for the Wildcats. Maxey kept much of his game inside the arc with only 3.6 triples per game, making 1.1 (29.2%). Maxey still needs to develop his shot, but he's always looking for a drive before a jumper, a much better idea since he averaged 35.7% on his two-point jumpers compared to 65.1% at the rim. Maxey is one of the better free-throw shooters in this draft. He sank 83.3% of his free-throws, making 100-of-120, consistent marks for a freshman entering the NBA.
Maxey attempted double-digit shots in 22-of-31 games and made 50% or better in 8 of those 22 games and 40% or better in 12 contests. Maxey has been linked to as high as No. 8 in the draft to the New York Knicks because his former coach Kenny Payne is now on the staff there. Other suitors that have been linked to Maxey are the Wizards (9th), Suns (10th), Pelicans (13th), Magic (15th), Mavericks (18th), Heat (20th), 76ers (21st), and Nuggets (22nd).
The Knicks and Pelicans are two teams with multiple first-round picks that I could see making deals to move up and select Maxey if they pass on him with their first selections. Maxey has several suitors for a reason, and teams will be fighting to jump each other for him if he makes it out of the lottery.
Patrick Williams, Under 7.5 (-134)
Williams doesn't have Anthony or Maxey's notoriety, but he's guaranteed to hear his name called before both of them. Williams' been linked to a few highly touted teams, including the Bulls (4th), the Hawks (6th), and Pistons (7th). All three teams could use a small forward with his defensive skill set and scoring potential. Per NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls made a promise he's the guy at No. 4, and there are rumors that the Pistons made a similar verbal agreement with Williams' camp for the No. 7 selection, per Pro Basketball Talk.
Both teams have options such as Deni Avidja, Obi Toppin, Tyrese Haliburton, and Onyeka Okongwu, but Williams has steadily climbed draft boards over the past month. Williams is 6-foot-7, 215 pounds with a wingspan of 6-foot-11. In his only season at Florida State, Williams played in 29 games coming off the bench, averaging 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals. Williams comes in as the highest-ranked player on draft boards who was a non-starter in his only season.
It's a bit shocking he's climbed this high, but he showed significant flashes of potential with 13 double-digit scoring games, and over the last 15 games, he averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. Williams made 32.9% of his three-pointers as a freshman and 45.9% of his field goals overall. One interesting stat to point out is 87.5% of his three-pointers came assisted, per Hoop--Math. Williams can settle in as a bench and rotational depth as a rookie. If he ends up on a team with a facilitator or a few offensive threats, we could be talking about one of the most underrated players looking back on this class.
Williams makes sense to Chicago to replace Otto Porter, who's on a $28.4 million player option for 2020-21. Atlanta has Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter at small forward, so Williams isn't an immediate need. Detroit needs help all-around as they rebuild, and I expect one of those three teams to draft Williams.