Early NBA Draft Betting: Who Will Be The Number One Pick In 2021?

  • Cade Cunningham is favored to be selected first overall with -500 odds.
  • Jonathan Kuninga has +850 odds to be taken first in the NBA Draft.
  • Both Evan Mobley and Jalen Green have +950 odds to be taken first overall.

BROOKLYN—Although the NBA season is still in full swing, college basketball has come to an end which means the biggest prospects have started declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft.

College basketball stars such as Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley both have odds on online sportsbooks for who will be the top overall pick. There are also NBA Draft odds for players that took the G-League route such as Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green.

2021 NBA Draft - 1st Overall Pick Odds

  • Cade Cunningham -500
  • Jonathan Kuminga +850
  • Evan Mobley +950
  • Jalen Green +950
  • Jalen Suggs +1100
  • Ziaire Williams +2500
  • Scottie Barnes +2500
  • Jalen Johnson +2500
  • Moses Moody +2500
  • Corey Kispert +2500

Cade Cunningham NBA Draft Odds

Leading the way with the shortest NBA odds to be drafted first overall is Oklahoma State Cowboy’s star point guard, Cade Cunningham. Cunningham is nothing short of being capable for the first overall pick after averaging 20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 3.5 apg this past college basketball season.

Not to mention, Cunningham stands at 6’8 which is extremely tall for a point guard, especially one with his talent.

With that, Cunningham is ranked the number one NBA Draft prospect right now which means there should be no doubts here when betting on Cunningham to be the top overall pick in the draft.

Jonathan Kuminga NBA Draft Odds

Kuminga is one of two top-five draft prospects that took their talents to the G-League instead of playing college basketball. With that, he was able to show off his game at the professional level rather than playing in college where he was able to put up 15.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, and 2.7 apg while playing for the G-League Ignite team.

Bettors can compare this storyline to that of LaMelo Ball, who played professionally instead of going to college. Ball’s skillset shows right now in the NBA as he is at the top of the rookie ladder right now and favored to be the Rookie of the Year. Knowing this, NBA GMs might not want to overlook what Kuminga has done in the G-League as he could turn out to have a similar outcome.

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Bettors that are looking for a nice payout on a player that has a real chance of overthrowing Cunningham at the top spot can take the chance on Kuminga.

Evan Mobley NBA Draft Odds

Evan Mobley has marked his name as one of the best big men in all of college basketball last season. He has impressive numbers with 16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 2.9 blks. However, not to take anything away from what Mobley has done or what he is going to be in the NBA, but bettors can find money elsewhere on this list.

The traditional NBA big man has evolved into more of a stretch big, playmaking archetype in which Mobley does not have after going just 30% from three and only averaging 2.4 apg. Although he has the defensive capability to defend and size to score inside at the pro level, bettors should not be taking the risk here on his odds to be selected first overall.

Jalen Green NBA Draft Odds

Jalen Green is the other top prospect that made his way to the G-League rather than playing a season in the NCAA and it really paid off as he was a natural scorer going for 17.9 ppg along with 4.1 rpg and 2.8 apg.

Green, like Kuminga, could also be compared to the LaMelo Ball scenario which could be the reason that pushes him to the number one overall pick in the draft. Not to mention, Green managed to put up these numbers while being teammates with Jonathan Kuminga which just shows his offensive capability.

All in all, bettors would find a nice payout if he is taken with the first overall pick.