The 2017 NBA Draft takes place Thursday night and the regular season doesn’t tip-off until October 20th, but there has been no shortage of fireworks over the past week. There have already been several major trades and numerous superstars are reportedly on the trading block. When free agency starts in early July, there could be a handful of perennial All Stars changing teams. Despite all of this uncertainty, 5Dimes posted odds for the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team.
The All-NBA Team is voted upon by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to honor the best players in the league following the conclusion of every season. It is composed of a five-man lineup with each team consisting of two guards, two forwards, and one center. Last season’s All-NBA First Team featured Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. Based on the early odds, sportsbooks are expecting a repeat of last season’s results with the exception of Kevin Durant replacing Kawhi Leonard.
- Russell Westbrook (+140)
- James Harden (+220)
- LeBron James (-475)
- Kevin Durant (+110)
- Anthony Davis (+250)
LeBron James is the only clear-cut selection according to the oddsmakers, as every other player listed is getting plus money. That’s not exactly surprising considering that James has made the All-NBA First Team in 10 consecutive seasons (he made the All-NBA Second Team in 2007).
The table below displays the odds for many players to make or miss the All-NBA First Team at 5Dimes.
Personally, I think Karl-Anthony Towns is being undervalued. There’s limited competition for centers on the All-NBA First Team and Towns is a 21-year old who has just begun to scratch the surface in terms of his potential. Last season the Timberwolves’ star averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Assuming he continues to improve defensively and his team shows signs of life, Towns could be an excellent value at +550. Anthony Davis is clearly his biggest competition, but Davis has struggled to stay healthy over his short career.
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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