The NBA draft lottery took place on Wednesday night, prior to the Celtics/Heat game, and the draft order is now set. The formerly league-owned New Orleans Hornets won the top pick, spurring conspiracy theories to blow up the internet and dropping the historically woeful Bobcats down to the number two slot.
Although losing out on Anthony Davis (who many talent analysts view as the only sure thing in this year’s draft class) hurts, Charlotte will still land a potential franchise cornerstone with their pick. But who will that selection be?
Bovada recently posted a prop bet asking who will the Charlotte Bobcats select with the #2 Pick in the draft? The table below displays each of the possibilities along with their odds.
|Thomas Robinson (Kansas)||+120|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)||+140|
|Bradley Beal (Florida)||+600|
|Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)||+800|
Chad Ford, who is the NBA draft expert over at ESPN, released his most recent mock draft after the lottery on Wednesday with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the Bobcats’ selection saying, “I think this will come down to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson. Kidd-Gilchrist is the second-best player in this draft and will add toughness and leadership.”
Over at NBAdraft.net, their most recent mock draft (created on May 31st) has Charlotte owner Michael Jordan leaning on his UNC roots and selecting fellow Tar Heel Harrison Barnes, with Thomas Robinson falling all the way to Sacramento at five.
Although the NBA draft is often a crapshoot, and nobody can be inside a team’s war room to see their decision making process, neither of the two most respected draft prognosticators had Robinson going to the Bobcats — yet he is considered the front-runner with +120 odds.
A lot can happen between now and June 28th to change these odds, but with draft props beginning to populate, we will continue to monitor the market for interesting opportunities.