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NBA Draft 2015 – Odds & Props

The NBA Draft is a night that will forever change the lives of 60 young men and the futures of 30 NBA franchises. It will also give Jay Bilas a reason to get out of bed besides just tweeting Young Jeezy lyrics.

Mock drafts have dominated the talk shows for the last few weeks and soon NBA fans will find out which player is going to help (or hinder) their franchise.

But there is much more to the 2015 Draft than simply where each player might go (plus we’ve already done that); so, today, we’ll examine other, equally important facets of the NBA Draft process with another world-renowned1 set of prop bets.

1. Disclaimer: our props bets may not actually be world-renowned, but the world seems generally okay with their existence. 

2015 NBA Draft Props

1. Odds of the following players being the No. 1 overall pick: (What was once a neck-and-neck race has turned into a runaway in the last couple weeks.)

  • Karl-Anthony Towns – 1/6
  • Jahlil Okafor – 13/2
  • D’Angelo Russell – 15/1
  • Emmanuel Mudiay – 40/1
  • Field – 70/1

2. Odds of which international player is drafted first (not counting Mudiay as international):

  • Kristaps Porzingis – 2/9
  • Mario Hezonja – 4/1
  • Field – 16/1

3. Odds that the Philadelphia 76ers’ first round pick misses his first season due to e.g. injury, playing overseas, etc.:

  • Yes – 3/1
  • No – 3/7

4. Over/under on how many international players are selected in the first round (again not counting Mudiay): (Porzingis and Hezonja should be lottery picks. Spain’s Guillermo Hernangomez could sneak into the first, as well.)

  • O/u 2.5

5. Odds of the Sacramento Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins before the conclusion of the draft:

  • Trade – 6/5
  • No trade – 2/3

6. Odds of Kobe Bryant tweeting his reaction to the Lakers’ pick:

  • Tweet – 1/9
  • No tweet – 6/1

7. Odds of which team will be the first to receive boos when Adam Silver announces its pick:

  • New York Knicks – 1/1
  • Orlando Magic – 4/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers – 7/1
  • Sacramento Kings – 9/1
  • LA Lakers – 14/1
  • Houston Rockets -16/1
  • The field – 20/1

8. Odds of a “snake in the grass” reference being said on-air:

  • Yes – 2/1
  • No – 3/7

9. Odds on which player from the green room will be the last to be selected:

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 1/1
  • Kevon Looney – 3/1
  • Jerian Grant – 17/3
  • Bobby Portis – 12/1
  • Sam Dekker – 19/1
  • Other – 40/1

10. Odds of the following teams moving up in the first round:

  • Boston Celtics – 2/3
  • Sacramento Kings – 1/1
  • Denver Nuggets – 4/1
  • Charlotte Hornets – 5/1
  • Toronto Raptors – 6/1
  • Atlanta Hawks – 6/1
  • Golden State Warriors – 9/1

11. Odds on the first player to cry: (It’ll be someone taken early in all likelihood. Winslow, a top-three prospect and former public precipitator, is as good a bet as any.)

  • Field – 6/1
  • Sam Dekker – 20/1
  • Myles Turner – 15/1
  • Devin Booker – 15/1
  • Emmanuel Mudiay – 9/1
  • D’Angelo Russell – 9/1
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – 6/1
  • Jahlil Okafor – 6/1
  • Justise Winslow – 3/1

12. Odds on which Wisconsin Badger will be drafted first:

  • Sam Dekker – 2/3
  • Frank Kaminsky – 4/3

13. Odds Jalen Rose references the front office of a team and says, “give the people what they want.”

  • Yes – 2/1
  • No – 4/7

14. Over/under on Jay Bilas’ references to “wingspan” in the first round: (It all depends on how drunk Bilas wants his viewers to get.)

  • O/u 15

15. Odds on the number of seniors that will be drafted in the first round: (Jerian Grant, Frank Kaminsky, and Delon Wright will almost certainly go in the first; Anthony Brown is a toss-up; Jonathan Holmes is a possibility.)

  • 2 – 15/1
  • 3 – 4/3
  • 4 – 4/3
  • 5 or more – 8/1

16. Odds on the bowtie pattern that 12-year-old fashion guru Moziah Bridges will wear: (I dare you to find a picture in which he’s not wearing one.)

  • Plaid – 3/1
  • Striped – 3/1
  • Polka Dot – 4/1
  • Other – 4/1
  • Solid – 8/1
  • No bow tie – 50/1

17. Odds on which player pool will have the greater number of players selected:

  • Atlantic Coast Conference – 7/4
  • International – 2/1
  • Southeastern Conference – 9/4

18. Odds on the number of first round picks from Kentucky: (Towns, Booker, Lyles, and Cauley-Stein look like locks. Johnson and Andrew Harrison are likely second rounders. Aaron Harrison isn’t even a second rounder on a lot of draft boards.)

  • 3 – 15/1
  • 4 – 2/7
  • 5 – 8/1
  • 6 – 15/1

19. Odds on the Harrison brothers being first round picks:

  • Andrew – 5/1
  • Aaron – 12/1
  • Both – 60/1
  • Neither – 1/4

(Photo Credit: Bryan Horowitz (Originally posted on Flickr)[https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/].)

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