2016-17 All-NBA First Team Odds

Irish sportsbook, Paddy Power, has posted odds for many of the NBA’s end of the year awards. The newest addition to the sportsbook’s comprehensive list are All-NBA First Team props. Bettors can now wager on which guard duo and forward duo will make the first team as well as whether a specific player will make it.

It is worth noting that unlike the All-Star game, where fans have votes, members of the media vote for the All-NBA Teams.

Below are the odds as they appear at Paddy Power.

All-NBA 1st Team Guards

Guards Odds
Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry +260
James Harden and Stephen Curry +500
Chris Paul and Stephen Curry +600
James Harden and Russell Westbrook +900
Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook +1100
Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry +1400
Kyle Lowry and Stephen Curry +1700
Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry +1700
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry +1900
Chris Paul and James Harden +2200
Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook +2500
Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook +3000
Kyle Lowry and Russell Westbrook +3000
Klay Thompson and Russell Westbrook +3500
Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry +3500
Dwayne Wade and Stephen Curry +4500
James Harden and Kyrie Irving +5000
Damian Lillard and James Harden +6000
James Harden and Kyle Lowry +6000
Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving +6000
Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry +7000
Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook +7000
Chris Paul and Damian Lillard +7000
James Harden and Klay Thompson +7000
Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook +8000
Chris Paul and Klay Thompson +8000
Isaiah Thomas and James Harden +12500
Dwyane Wade and James Harden +15000
Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving +15000
Kyle Lowry and Kyrie Irving +17500
Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving +17500
Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving +20000
Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade +20000
Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson +22500
Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry +22500
Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry +22500
Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving +42500
Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving +50000
Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas +50000
Damian Lillard and Isaiah Thomas +50000
Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry +50000
Isaiah Thomas and Klay Thompson +50000
Damian Lillard and Dwyane Wade +50000
Dwyane Wade and Klay Thompson +50000
Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry +50000

The biggest takeaway is how high oddsmakers are on Stephen Curry, who is a candidate in the top 3 first team backcourts. Last year, Curry was the only player to receive a first team vote on every ballot. Golden State added the biggest prize in free agency, Kevin Durant, and while that will likely cause Curry’s numbers to fall, oddsmakers don’t think voters will glance over the ’15-’16 MVP when selecting their All-NBA guards.

The favorite consists of Curry and Russell Westbrook, which is available at +260. Westbrook, who is a candidate to lead the league in several statistical categories, will likely benefit from Durant’s departure, although the same cannot be said for the whole team.

All-NBA 1st Team Forwards

Forwards Odds
Kevin Durant and LeBron James +200
Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James +400
Anthony Davis and LeBron James +700
Blake Griffin and LeBron James +750
Draymond Green and LeBron James +900
Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant +1200
Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James +1200
LeBron James and LaMarcus +1400
Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant +1400
LeBron James and Paul George +1400
Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant +1600
Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard +1900
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant +2000
Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant +2500
Kevin Durant and Paul George +3000
Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge +3000
Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James +3000
Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard +4000
LeBron James and Paul Millsap +5500
Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard +5500
Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin +6000
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant +6600
Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard +7000
Blake Griffin and Draymond Green +7000
Anthony Davis and Draymond Green +8000
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George +8000
Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge +8000
Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony +9000
Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge +10000
Anthony Davis and Paul George +10000
Carmelo Anthony and Draymond Green +10000
Blake Griffin and Paul George +10000
Anthony Davis and LaMarcus Aldridge +10000
Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony +10000
Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap +10000
Draymond Green and LaMarcus Aldridge +12500
Draymond Green and Paul George +12500
Carmelo Anthony and Paul George +17500
Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge +17500
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard +17500
LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul George +20000
Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo +20000
Blake Griffin and Giannis Antetokounmpo +22500
Draymond Green and Giannis Antetokounmpo +27500
Kawhi Leonard and Paul Millsap +32500
Carmelo Anthony and Giannis Antetokounmpo +37500
Giannis Antetokounmpo and LaMarcus Aldridge +42500
Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap +42500
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George +42500
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul Millsap +50000
Carmelo Anthony and Paul Millsap +50000
LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap +50000
Paul George and Paul Millsap +50000
Draymond Green and Paul Millsap +50000

Like Curry, oddsmakers believe LeBron James is a near lock to be one of the forwards on the first team All-NBA given his appearance on the top-seven forward combinations. James has made the first team nine years in a row, and at 31 years old remains one of the best players in the NBA despite his mileage.

The combination of James and Durant (+200) is the favorite to be the forwards on the first team. Durant’s production will drop after joining Golden State’s super team, but not dramatically enough to warrant a first team snub.

All-NBA 1st Team

Player Odds
LeBron James -450
Stephen Curry -333
Russell Westbrook +100
Kevin Durant +100
DeMarcus Cousins +170
Kawhi Leonard +170
James Harden +260
Chris Paul +300
Anthony Davis +350
Karl Anthony Towns +350
DeAndre Jordan +550
Blake Griffin +600
Andre Drummond +850
Kyrie Irving +850
Draymond Green +850
Kyle Lowry +900
Damian Lillard +900
Al Horford +1100
Klay Thompson +1100
Carmelo Anthony +1100
Paul George +1200
Dwight Howard +1200
LaMarcus Aldridge +1200
Hassan Whiteside +1200
Giannis Antetokounmpo +2000
Marc Gasol +2200
John Wall +2200
Isaiah Thomas +2200
Dwyane Wade +2500
Paul Millsap +2500
Goran Dragic +3300
Andrew Bogut +7500

The oddsmakers projection of the All-NBA First Team is: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. Of those five players, James (-450) has the best odds to make the first team. Based on these odds, Cousins is poised to make his first appearance.

Cousins is an excellent player, but I believe he’s being overvalued here. The Kings hired David Joerger to replace the controversial George Karl, but don’t let that upgrade blind you from the chaos of Sacramento’s roster. The Kings failed to address their point guard need after Rajon Rondo left in free agency. Rondo’s replacement, Darren Collison, isn’t capable of creating the same looks on offense, which hurts the entire team including Cousins.

In my opinion, there are two players offering better value: Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, who are both available at +350. Davis and Towns are arguably the best two center prospects in the league. Davis might have been slightly forgotten due to both the rise of Towns and his injury-plagued season. Unlike Cousins, both Davis and Towns are proven two-way players, which is another important factors that voters consider when filling out ballots. Boogie is inconsistent on defense, but he’s a proven force when motivated and inspired.

Who do you believe will make the All-NBA First Team? Which players are overvalued by the oddsmakers? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Andrew Fine

Andrew is a Sports Betting Specialist for Sports Insights. He can be reached at andrew@sportsinsights.com.

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