Paolo Banchero Projected As First Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

  • Paolo Banchero is favored to be the number one overall NBA draft pick with -105 odds.
  • Duke has seen four number one overall pick in NBA history.

NEW YORK – Following the tip-off of the 2021-22 college basketball season, there is plenty to take away from the opening game. One of the biggest takeaways is Duke’s new superstar, Paolo Banchero.

After his outstanding performance in Duke’s first game, online betting sites have Banchero favored to be the number one overall pick.

NBA Draft Number One Pick Odds

  • Paolo Banchero -105
  • Chet Holmgren +105
  • Jaden Hardy +800
  • Caleb Houstan +1000
  • Peyton Watson +1500
  • Jabari Smith +1800
  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. +1800
  • AJ Griffin +2000
  • Jaden Ivey +2000
  • Nikola Jovic +2200

In Duke’s first game against Kentucky this season, Banchero played 31 minutes and put up 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Even in Duke’s first exhibition game of the season, Banchero showed off his skills putting up 21 points and 9 rebounds - both of which were a team-high.

It is also worth noting that Duke has produced the most number one overall draft picks in NBA history with four. Those players include Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999), Kyrie Irving (2011), and most recently, Zion Williamson (2019).

Being that Banchero has already amassed 20+ points in Duke’s first two games, if he can keep it going throughout the season and prove his impact on the floor, he could be a lock for the top draft pick.

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Holmgren On The Prow

While Banchero’s performance has not gone unnoticed, Chet Holmgren is another name to keep in mind that could potentially be selected with the first pick. In Gonzaga’s first two exhibition games leading up to the regular-season, Holmgren was a difference-maker in both games going for 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks in their first game.

In their second game, he went for 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Even more impressive, Holmgren put on a clinic in the Zags first regular-season game as well with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 blocks with just one foul.

With his impact on the floor, his NBA Draft odds could offer a decent payout if he is selected first overall.